Artist: Steve Parker
Dimensions: 48”H x 60”W x 24”D
Materials: Steel, Wood, Brass, Rubber
“A playable musical instrument sculpture made from a bicycle and reclaimed brass instruments. An imagined collaboration between Marcel Duchamp, John Cage, and Frank Zappa.
I gather people into democratic, communal rituals to explore systems of behavior, their variability across history, and their application to contemporary life. My projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures modeled after obsolete surveillance tools; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. I work broadly with materials: primitive, analog, and digital instruments; amateur choirs and symphony orchestras; birders and church parishoners; bus drivers and pedicab fleets; urban bat colonies, honeybee hives, and flocks of grackles.
My current body of work focuses on the history of conflict through sound. I transform salvaged materials and vintage tools of war into instruments, listening devices, and visual scores. In turn, I use these pieces to facilitate performative situations between objects, participants, and viewers, all to promote catharsis, humor, and the simple act of listening deeply.” Steve Parker
Steve Parker is an artist, musician, and curator based in Austin,TX. He is the recipient of the 2018 Tito’s Art Prize, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harrington Fellowship, the Best of Austin Award, and the Austin Critics’ Table Award.
Parker has exhibited and performed at institutions, public spaces, and festivals internationally. Highlights include Art Basel Miami Beach, the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), MASS MoCA, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Fusebox Festival, Tanglewood, Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT, SXSW, the Stone, Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin), the Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), The Contemporary Austin, Bowerbird, and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago).
Parker has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Mid America Arts Alliance.
This piece is on loan to the City of Georgetown from the artist with support from the Georgetown Arts & Culture Board, and will be on exhibit through October 2020. To view this piece on the Sculpture Tour map, please click here.