INSPIRING NEW EXHIBITION OF IAN PARMITER’S NEW ARTWORK
Art Space Portsmouth is home to a brand new solo exhibition of works by local legend, artist, musician and antiques dealer Ian Parmiter (aka Lord Sonic). Falling Out of a Hole takes its cue from a recent painting by Parmiter that welcomes visitors on entering the building and leads them upstairs to a menagerie of recent sculptures and paintings. Curated by ASP studio holder Kate Street, the exhibition aims to recreate key mise en scene moments from within Ian’s elaborate home/studio within a gallery setting. It also aims to showcase the prolific creativity that Ian has harnessed to manage his Parkinson’s and communicate personalised strategies for living. The very title Falling Out of a Hole suggests a way out of a situation or mind set – and the is something that resonates through the work.
Artist Martin Kippenberger once stated that ‘A good artist has less time than ideas’ and this is certainly the case with Ian Parmiter. If you are fortunate enough to enter into his cornucopia of artworks, you’ll see ideas sprouting at an incredible rate. An abundance of assemblages and paintings jostling with one another – every shelf and ledge brimming with made works and artefacts from years of antique dealing.
Cultural/historical influences, personal difficulties, materiality and the energy of primitivism left to brew over a lonely Lockdown has yielded a fine crop of artworks that are humorous, and yet brutally poignant at the same time. Ian Parmiter has exhibited widely in the past few years and notable exhibitions include solo show at Henry Saywell gallery in London and Court X. More examples of his work can be seen on his Instagram @ianparmiter.
…aims to showcase the prolific creativity that Ian has harnessed to manage his Parkinson’s and communicate personalised strategies for living…