Martin Parr: Signs Of The Times

15th Jul 2014 - 29th Aug 2014

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16 July – 30 August 2014

Beetles + Huxley gallery in association with Rocket Gallery London, are proud to present Martin Parr: Signs of the Times. Containing modern and vintage prints, this will be the first time photographs from this important series have been shown at a solo exhibition in London.

Martin Parr is one of Britain’s most significant photographers, best known for his sharp eye and sense of humour. Over his thirty year career he has focused on capturing ordinary people doing ordinary things – at the seaside, in supermarkets, at village country fairs or on holiday abroad. Often highly saturated and brightly coloured Parr has become known as a commentator and recorder of Britain’s finely nuanced class system.

Works

It’s Not Stuff That Run-Of-The-Mill People Would Have in Their Homes, 1991

Martin Parr

There Wasn’t Anything Here That Had a Feminine Touch. I Basically Moved in and Plonked Things Down, 1991

Martin Parr

I Remember Very Clearly When this Carpet Went Down Because it Came Over Television that President Kennedy was Assassinated, 1991

Martin Parr

The Fire Has a Light Bulb Underneath Which We Don’t Use Because it is Very Cheap Looking, 1991

Martin Parr

It’s This Edwardian Look That We’re Trying to Achieve From the Bottom Right Up to the Top of the House, 1991

Martin Parr

We Are Going to Come to a Nice Compromise on Every Issue. I’ve Already Decided What Colours We’re Going to Have. He Can Just Pick the Variations, 1991

Martin Parr

After a Few Weeks Living Here I Put Out a Few Teddy Bears and he Came Home One Day and Just Went Mad About it, 1991

Martin Parr

It Was Very Masculine When I Came in Here, So I Put my Quilt Out – the Flowery one Which he Detests, 1991

Martin Parr

Dramatic, Glamorous, Over-The-Top. I Think That’s What We’re Looking For, 1991

Martin Parr

I Wanted to be a Little Bit Different, a Little Bit Individual, That’s Why I Only Did One Side, 1991

Martin Parr

To Come Home in the Evenings to Find the Kids Have Carried Out Their Own Form of Anarchy is Just About the Last Thing I Can Face, 1991

Martin Parr

We Wanted a Cottagey Stately Home Kind of Feel, 1991

Martin Parr

I Get Such Pleasure from them Every Day When I Sit in the Bath, 1991

Martin Parr

I Don’t Think it’s Anything Particularly Forced on Deborah, We’ve Just Always Enjoyed the Same Sort of Things, 1991

Martin Parr

Each to Their Own But I Think This is Going to be One of the Best – if Not the Best – Houses on the Estate, 1991

Martin Parr

We Keep Buying Things Thinking ‘That’ll Look Better’ and it Just Doesn’t, 1991

Martin Parr

Underneath it All She Really is a Lovely Girl, 1992

Martin Parr

The House Came with Everything Right Down to the Bars of Soap, 1991

Martin Parr

I Think we are Looking for a Look that is Established, Warm, Comfortable, Traditional, 1991

Martin Parr

I Like to be Surrounded by Things that are Visually Impressive, 1991

Martin Parr

When I Looked at the Wallpaper and the Wallpaper Looked at me we Instantly Fell in Love, 1991

Martin Parr

It Still Feels as Though we are Living in a Hotel Suite. I Want to Pick up the Phone and Ring for Room Service, 1991

Martin Parr

Everything’s Very Important to me. I Can’t Just Live in an Ordinary House, it Has to be a Special House, 1991

Martin Parr

I Spoke with Gary About the Tree-Mug but There was no Way he Would Change it, 1991

Martin Parr

Woodworm does Generate Through the Furniture, and Obviously if You’re Putting New Things into Your Home the Last Thing you Want is an Invitation to Worms, 1991

Martin Parr

We Thought we Could Make it Look Sort of Bistro-y Looking in the Kitchen and Then Carry it Through to the Lounge, 1991

Martin Parr

Marie-Louise’s Pig Irritates me Intensely. I Can’t Say Why, But it Just Irritates me Intensely, 1991

Martin Parr