Primary Projects presents Kenton Parker’s “Las Lucky’s” Taco Shop at Soho Beach House, Miami

How do you encapsulate the underground, past-midnight culture of Los Angeles into a single structure? For multimedia artist 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.

Parker will recreate his ‘Taco Shop’ on the 8th floor of the exclusive Soho Beach House in Miami Beach (which saw its first reincarnation at Primary Projects gallery space for Parker’s solo show ‘It Takes All This To Be Me’ in October and its second at SCOPE Miami 2011). Soho House was founded in London, in 1995, as a private members’ club for those in film, media and creative industries. The Soho House Group has since expanded to include locations across Europe and North America, as well as restaurants, cinemas, spas and hotels.

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 has shown alongside fourteen distinguished artists in Primary Projects’ ambitious December 2011 exhibition ‘Here Lies Georges Wildenstein’ and has since been inducted into the gallery’s permanent artist roster. Parker’s work was most recently featured in the gallery’s autumn 2012 group show, ‘Champion.’

Primary Projects is a multidisciplinary space, positioned at the heart of Miami’s Design District, which aims to explore and promote multiple forms of aesthetic expression from established and emerging artists, alike. Utilizing extensive, and wholly specific, experience in producing street-level curatorial endeavors in Miami, the creative forces behind Primary Projects unites the commercial and critical efforts of artists, critics, curators, professionals and patrons; the result is the vital presence of an intelligent, alternative arts environment with a bold urban sensibility delivered through a diverse range of media.

Photography by Peter Vahan