Parker Ito - I Like Prints and So I Make Them
· 4 color hand-pulled screen print on 300gsm archival paper
· 70 cm x 50 cm
· Edition of 75 + 6 AP
· Year 2014
· Signed and numbered by the artist
Parker Ito doesn’t believe in net artists. “I’m not an Internet artist,” Ito said. “I’m just a hipster on the Internet who makes art.” Clearly, the 26-year old Los Angeles-based contemporary doesn’t like to think of his art as merely a product of his environment.
Ito is difficult to define. There’s Parker Ito the professional, a self-described YIBA (Young Internet-Based Artist) who has achieved wide success and distinction in the art world for his paintings and exhibition projects that explore how the Internet affects traditional art objects. There’s Parker Ito the Internet persona, a genuine and irreverently funny character who can out-wear Hamish Bowles in a dandy pant suit and tweets whatever the fuck is on his mind. And of course, Parker Cheeto the Net Artist, an enigmatic alter ego symbolic of Ito’s evolution as an artist.
At the core of these dimensions is a dynamic play between art, persona, and the power of self representation online — ideas that just as much characterize the essence of his conceptual practice as they do mystify it.