Studio Visit With Eric Parker
P - Where did you grow up?
EP - Way down in South Texas. San Antonio then Austin. It was hot as hell, the land of extreme heat and cockroaches.
P - How did you end up in Brooklyn?
EP - In ’96, I came up to New York for my MFA at SUNY Purchase. I lived in the hood in the Bronx for a few years, then made my way to Greenpoint, BK in 1999, right before Williamsburg blew up.
P - How does living here effect your work and studio practice?
EP - It’s pretty cool, you know. There are a lot of cool young dudes doing some interesting shit. Good records stores (reggae gets a lot of play around here), good coffee shops…I also live a few blocks away from my studio, which is pretty tight.
P - Where did your impulses for making art come from?
EP - I loved comic books like Zap and Freak Brothers, Mad Magazine was always around, too. Where I grew up, in South Texas, there was no art around. I got my visuals from stuff I liked, I saw Jaws and wanted to draw sharks.
P - Did the sub/underbelly culture of skateboarding/surfing/punk rock inform you as a young artist?
EP - For sure, absolutely. The graphics from Neil Blender G&S boards had a huge impact on me. I was a high school drop out and skaterat, those decks were so weird and oddball, no stupid shit like skulls, but weird stuff. I really love that three dogs sticker still.
P - Who were some of the major influencers?
EP - Pedro Bell. He was the dude behind a lot of the Funkadelic album covers, loved him! My crew skated to P-funk back in the early 80’s.
P - What music are you listening to right now in your studio?
EP - JFA’s 1981 7” Blatant Localism!
P - Whats the most exciting thing you see happening in art right now?
EP - Bright colors!
P - Who out of all your peers continues to surprise you ?
EP - My boy KAWS is always on some next level shit. Peter Saul is still keeping it fresh as hell… also,Todd James, Eddie Martinez , and Jeff Elrod are killin’ it. I’m liking the shows at the Nudashank Gallery in Baltimore.
P - Whats on deck for your next show?
EP - Mixtapes vision paintings! Shout out to DJ Screw!I’m really psyched about my upcoming show at Pace Prints. Opens 3-07-2013. In the fall, my show is up at Honor Fraser in LA.We recently did a Norse hat collab, now we’re onto limited edition board shorts for the Standard. My crew is going to look fresh as hell.
P - Any advice for young artists?
EP - Stay away from irony, please.
Erik Parker is represented by Paul Kasmin Gallery, NY. He has a beautiful family and lives/works blocks from us here in Williamsburg Brooklyn. See more of his work Here