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John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series Welcomes Erik Parker

Erik Parker Poster

The Penn State School of Visual Arts (SoVA) is pleased to announce a visit by artist Erik Parer as part of its John M. Anderson Endowed Lecture Series. New York-based artist Erik Parker employs his wildly inventive architecture and signature neon palate to create bold, graphic compositions that riff on the traditional genres of portraiture and still-life. Parker will give a lecture titled “Neon Visionary” on Wednesday, April 5, 3:00–4:00 p.m., in the Palmer Lipcon Auditorium, Palmer Museum of Art.

His visionary paintings draw their inspiration from diverse elements of American subculture—psychedelia, underground comic books, the Chicago Imagists, hip-hop, and heavy metal— as well as Picasso, Francis Bacon, and Roy Lichtenstein. Parker studied at the University of Texas, Austin, with Peter Saul before receiving his master of fine arts from Purchase College of the State University of New York. He was included in the first “Greater New York” show at P.S. 1 in 2000 and has had recent solo exhibitions at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; Nanzuka, Tokyo; The Cornerhouse Gallery, Manchester, England; De Appel, Amsterdam; the Modern Art Museum, Fort Worth, TX; Colette, Paris; Honor Fraser, Los Angeles; and Galleri Faurschou, Copenhagen. In 2017, the artist will present a solo exhibition of recent work at the Newcomb Art Museum in New Orleans, LA.

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