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16 Nov 2020

Parker Ito: PPP

mother’s tankstation limited

Reviewed by Elaine Tam

Parker Ito's new show teems with wit and grit, and speaks to the conditions under which artists work today. The exhibition was partly self-funded by the sale of Ito's Issey Miyake jacket, and its screengrab is its invitation card - a gesture which wryly entwines two luxury economies.

Ito's burn-out self-portrait and resigned swoon The things we do for love (2014) signaled his withdrawal from the limelight. Precious little is known about the artist. He exists solely through a mythologized present. Galvanizing this, gallery staff remind me of this fact. But we are permitted some intimacy in "PPP."

CV (2020) invokes the dual complexes of representation and self-erasure. A half-drunk California Pinot Noir has his CV printed on its label. Another bottle has "Parker Ito, born 1986, lives & works in Los Angeles," the standardized summary artist biography, etched upon it. It is filled with his urine. Both sit atop an active scanning bed and are continuously filmed by video camera, whose luminous live feed is projected onto the nearby wall.

Exhibition Parker Ito: PPP link
Start date 30 Sep 2020
End date 12 Dec 2020
Presenter mother’s tankstation limited link
Venue 58-64 Three Colts Lane, Bethnal Green, London, GBR map
Image Parker Ito, CV (detail), 2020, modified photo scanner, 1986 California Pinot Noir, etched bottle, inkjet ink, artist's urine, slide projector with alternating slides, TRV608 video camera, hardware, tripod, extension chord, dimensions variable, courtesy of the artist and mother's tankstation limited

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