Parker Day: Icons
Book Release, Signing & Pop-Up Exhibit
Sunday, May 28, 6-9 PM
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
4633 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90027
“For each lollipop, teddy bear, or rose-colored hair bow, there is a dead-eyed facial expression or a mouth full of messed-up teeth.” – The New Yorker
“A variety of grotesque and decadent images of club kids, internet stars and self-professed freaks.” – Vogue Italia
“We can’t look away.” – VICE
ICONS is a series of 100 semi-fictionalized portraits of LA’s eccentric personalities.
I believe identity is a malleable construct that we have the power to dismantle. Through my photography, I explore this idea of the invention of identity. I costume my subjects and craft narratives about the character they’re becoming. When they step outside of who they think they are, something more authentic comes through. It’s that presence of true emotion that I’m looking to capture in the trappings of a manufactured circumstance.
“Despite its saturated hues and often humorous subjects, there’s a darkness and a gentle undercurrent of rage that permeates my work. I’m interested in the idea that we have the power to shape our own realities but despite our abundant potential, we often feel beset by our circumstances. This gives rise to tensions and inner conflicts. It’s these feelings of frustration and the search for meaning I want to explore in the face of the absurdity of our existence.—Parker Day
Parker Day is a Los Angeles-based artist whose work explores identity and the masks we wear. Through costuming and exaggerated expressions, Day toys with the truth of who and what she portrays. She deliberately eschews Photoshop in favor of in-camera capture on film. Lurid color bathes her work and heightens the surreality of her subjects while the grain and grit of the photographs make them palpably real. She has received press from publications such as The New Yorker, Juxtapoz, Vice, i-D, and Dazed, among many others.
At 6:00 p.m., on the Sunday before Memorial Day, May 28, author Parker Day, and several of her Icon models will converge upon La Luz de Jesus Gallery, 4633 Hollywood Blvd. for a One Night Only Pop-up Exhibit and Book Signing.
Your book purchase is your ticket.
Icons by Parker Day
Foreword by Ione Gamble
Published by Not A Cult
ISBN # 978-1-945649-06-6
8 x 12 x .5 in.
112 pages (color on semi-gloss 70 lb. paper)
Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
Art | Photography | LGBTQI | Fashion