The collection on this website includes photographs from Parker Day's 100 portrait series ICONS, as well as previews from her POSSESSION series, released after her shows at Superchief Gallery LA, NY, and MIA.
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Superchief Gallery is proud to present ICONS, a solo exhibition of 100 portraits by Parker Day. The images of ICONS burst forth from the seamy underbelly of life in an explosion of lurid technicolor with a cast of characters played by club kids, internet personalities, and self-professed freaks. The un-retouched grit and grain of 35mm film packages fantastical content in palpable reality. Identity, and our ability to shape how we’re seen and in turn who we are, is central to the work. It’s communicated through costuming, symbols, and the emotional language of color, to connect in an intuitive and direct way that transcends artifice.
Parker Day’s preoccupation with identity performance began at an early age. She spent her childhood in her father’s comic book shop in San Jose, CA where underground comix, like those by R. Crumb, were forbidden to her. She didn’t dare open them but she’d catch glimpses of the covers and her imagination would run wild, filling in the characters’ personalities and what their stories might be. At home she’d play elaborate games of dress up to inhabit new roles and pose for her mom’s 35mm camera. She requested her own camera and would craft secret worlds populated by Barbies and stuffed animals to capture on film.
Parker Day began shooting ICONS in July, 2015. Images from the series have been featured in The New Yorker, Juxtapoz, Vice, i-D, Italian Vogue and Dazed. Although selections from ICONS have appeared in international media and group shows, Superchief Gallery LA had the honor of being the first to present the series in its entirety. Following the smashing success of her solo exhibition at Superchief Gallery LA opening February 4th 2017, we were thrilled to bring Parker and the complete ICONS series to Superchief Gallery NY, opening March 4th 2017.
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