Gifted visual artist, songwriter and musician PARKER has announced her iridescent new single Can’t Keep Waiting, a once-in-a-lifetime song, one that soundtracks a grand leap into the unknown and away from everything comfortable and safe, set for release today, October 4. PARKER has also announced a cinematic video clip to accompany the track, made in collaboration with director and technology artist Jaymis Loveday (Emma Louise, Ball Park Music) and sculptor Briony Law. PARKER has just completed an artist residency at Sawtooth ARI gallery alongside drawer and sculptor Jo Lane, in order to prepare their upcoming exhibition You, Me and that Other Thing, an exploration into human connection. The official opening of You, Me and that Other Thing will take place today, Friday October 4 from 6PM at Sawtooth ARI in Tasmania (running for one month), and will include a screening of the Can’t Keep Waiting video clip.
Can’t Keep Waiting is transcendental, meditative; at times it feels almost ambient, with heavy, industrial percussion and repetitive synth patterns. But one thing that pulls the track into a truly close, emotive space is PARKER’s soft, intimate yet commanding voice. Evocative of Massive Attack and the lyrical and vocal prowess of Lana Del Rey, Can’t Keep Waiting is epic and overflows with the power of primal human emotion. “Can’t Keep Waiting is about gathering the courage to be honest with myself. It’s about letting go of all that is safe and familiar in life in order to evolve and grow,” explains Parker. “I believe it’s in the moments when we feel completely lost that we find the opportunity to discover something new about ourselves. Nothing is permanent, everything can change. Each moment we have the ability to create ourselves anew.”
Jen asked Tash her Top 5 most inspiring multi-faceted artists and for her to include videos. Here are her answers. Thanks Tash!
Yoko Ono Performing – Cut Piece ✂
Yoko Ono – When I first learned about Yoko Ono’s ‘Cut Piece’ my mind was blown. Similar to Marina Abramovic, Yoko’s performance work turns the focus from the artist/performer to the audience. When the audience becomes the work it clearly articulates the role of art and music in that it’s not about what the work of art or the song means to the artist. It’s about what our subjective and embodied experience reveals to ourselves when we consume art and music. I also feel that Yoko’s connection to John Lennon brought the art world and music world closer together.
Laurie Anderson – Walking and falling
Laurie Anderson – The first Laurie Anderson record I listened to was Big Science and when I heard the track Walking and Falling I was mesmerised. The simplicity of the spoken word performance and experimental sounds layered underneath drew me in. And the poetic and philosophical proposition that walking is just an ongoing state of falling and catching ourselves blew my mind wide open. I love that she is constantly making work at the forefront of where art and technology intersect.
Brian Eno – Brian Eno, founder of the ambient music genre and pioneer of generative arts practice techniques in both visual and sound based works, has had a significant influence on my own practice. His Oblique Strategies cards have been used in the studio during many writing/recording sessions. I have also created a generative spacial 3 Chanel sound work based on his techniques and continue to explore the creation of sounds, images and songs through generative techniques.
David Lynch – I went to David Lynch’s exhibition Between Two Worlds at GOMA in 2015. I’m a huge fan of his film making and was astounded by the breath of his art practice. Seeing this show helped me to consider my own, at the time separate, fine arts practice and contemporary music career and how they could support one another. I saw myself for the first time as a multidisciplinary artist. A way forward that embraced all of the ways in which I express myself through creativity.
David Bowie – Another instrumental exhibition experience that helped me to embrace a multidisciplinary practice was the Bowie IS exhibition at ACMI in Melbourne. Before I saw this show I had no idea how diverse his career and arts practice was. But the thing that sets Bowie apart from the rest for me was how he collaborated with other artists through his career. He was involved in costume designing, set designing and artwork. He built a visual world around his music that was so brave and playful.
Thanks Tash, some interesting answers there!
Already receiving multiple accolades, including Best Concept at Clipped Music Video Festival in Sydney, Best Music Video at the Los Angeles Film Awards, New York Film Awards and Top Shorts, not to mention selection for screening at the Austria International Film Festival, the clip for Can’t Keep Waiting is a triumph of a true marriage between sound, visual art, and cinema. Made by PARKER, in collaboration with Jaymis Loveday and Briony Law, the clip sees clay mounds, turning gracefully to human forms, dissolving in a deep-seascape with very little light from above. PARKER displays a clear and intricate understanding of her art, as she describes the clip, “The clip concept for this song was born out of a video installation work I made called Dissolving Self. Dissolving Self was a projection installation of a video art work. The video was a of a clay cast of my face dissolving in water set on a loop that made it look like it was falling apart and then rebuilding. I showed the work to my friend Jaymis Loveday and he suggested we make an extension of the work by creating full body casts and miniature models using a larger tank and cinematography techniques in the filming. Brisbane based sculptor Briony Law worked closely with me on the sculpting of the plaster landscapes and made all of the body casts and moulds for us to create the figures.”
You, Me and that Other Thing is the title of the upcoming exhibition that will see PARKER and Jo Lane explore the many facets of human connection. The exhibition will consist of three parts: historic works where inspiration has already manifested, a transition piece, and the work from an experimental performance of unity. PARKER and Jo Lane have spent the last two weeks in residency at Sawtooth ARI, working side by side in a dedicated studio space where the exhibition will take place. Giving her audience a taste of what to expect from the exhibition, PARKER enthuses, “We will create a body of work together around the theme of human connection combining Jo’s skills in drawing and sculpting and mine in sound and video. The Exhibition will combine a collection of our existing works and the new work we make during the residency.”
PARKER is Tash Parker.