How do you encapsulate the underground, past-midnight culture of Los Angeles into a single structure? For multimedia artist and curator Kenton Parker, his establishment stationed outside the fashionable Las Palmas nightclub brings the beautiful people back to their basic needs; everyone pays the same dollar for the same after-party, hangover fare. Sharply crafted from tile mosaic, Parker’s standalone shop offers patrons everything from sodas to recovered fake Louis Vuitton wallets, from spray paint to Nerds candy boxes.
Parker draws references to the forgotten objects of the prettiest, most concealed clique of party goers in Los Angeles. Sets of keys, breath mints and drug paraphernalia are selections of the few objects clubbers can fit into skin-tight dresses and fitted designer jeans. Parker’s taco shop resembles an older, more nostalgic family enterprise that acts as a striking counterpoint to the slick, excessive personalities flowing in and out of Las Palmas. Only open for a few of the wee hours patrons frequent the club, Parker effectively parodies the ‘exclusive’ nature of the establishment, itself, by restricting access to the most precious items a thirsty, hungry or drugged-out clubber could want.
Kenton Parker was born in Grass Valley, California in 1968. He received a degree in Graphic Design from San Diego State University, where he also studied painting. Parker is an active artist and curator based in Los Angeles, who has exhibited works in Tokyo, Taipei, New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Parker was commissioned by the Scion Pavilion during Art Basel Miami Beach 2008 and 2009 for his works ‘Death Ball’ and ‘Tacos & Paint’; the latter, a portable version of his Las Palmas ‘Taco Shop’ mounted onto a Toyota Scion. Parker will be featured alongside fourteen distinguished artists in Primary Projects’ ambitious December exhibition ‘Here Lies Georges Wildenstein’.
For SCOPE Miami 2011, Parker will recreate his ‘Taco Shop,’ which saw its first reincarnation at Primary Projects for Parker’s solo show ‘It Takes All This To Be Me’ in October. As a premier venue for contemporary arts’ most boldly irreverent, cutting-edge works, SCOPE celebrates its tenth anniversary this year after over thirty-five editions worldwide between Miami, Basel, London and the Hamptons.
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