Anthony J. Parké :
Anthony J Parké’s latest series of paintings, entitled ‘Future Reveries’, enter a somewhat surreal world where he explores a landscape of ‘unrealised futures’.
Who would his brother be today if he hadn’t become ill? What future would have arisen for him? The are the questions he explores in his latest series.
Anthony J. Parké refers to them as portals, or gateways into a world of symbolism. They are the camera lens by which he gets to peer into a strange world.
He use a personal language of symbols and imagery to explore this world, often employing what he calls ‘magic objects’, or
recollections from childhood. He imbues each of these with alchemical properties such that they have the ability to transmute into speculations of an ‘unrealised future’.
One instance of a ‘magic’ object stimulating a potential future, is that of birds eggs. The two paintings Ornithologist I & II grew out of this recollection from his brother’s childhood. The eggs and bird imagery convey a transcendent quality. The bird being associated in many cultures with a spiritual nature. There is also an association with rebirth in the symbol of an egg, a new beginning… Or in this instance, the birth of a new future.
The Astronomer was based around his brother’s love of a childhood telescope. This became the magic object with which Parké explores a future. This painting carries symbols associated with astronomy: telescopes, reference books, celestial maps, a brass orrery, distant universes. These symbols convey a spiritual journey in search of an unrealised future.