“The poppy is as far as the eye can see,” he said during a recent trip to Ilford, Kent. But he is not talking about real flocks. He made the remarks while visiting a large village factory that produces poppy paper for Memorial Day. This became part of a new study he showed at the newly renovated Witworth Gallery in Manchester. This limited edition of the War Room depicts, in all dimensions of the gallery space, installed and expanded, a row of empty spaces (with more than 320,000 flowers planted), the endless symmetry of the war graves.
Each year, more than 40 million poppies are extracted from a roll of red paper before being distributed worldwide. Parker takes these punched rolls of paper from the factory and installs layers of them to create a tent-like room inside the gallery. This is what makes these holes more and more memorabilia.
In the exhibition “Earth without a Man”, sculptures of transient objects are placed above the ground. Tents made of retaining nets. They are like traps, wallless shelters or even black mourning tents. Tents are hung from the ceiling with a square cross section. In the front wall, a grid with heterogeneous lines is installed on the wall, which can be seen in the white background of the gallery, such as minimalist paintings.
In “Earth without a Man,” nets are made of severed garments, once worn for camouflage in war. To complete the exhibition are bullet designs and poisoned paintings. Toxic designs made as black and white blocks include rattlesnake venom in black ink suspension and an antidote that contains white ink. These designs have the capacity to kill and save.