In his latest exhibition Martin Parr makes a stand against congestion
by taking the prosaic empty parking space as his muse. But don’t let that
put you off. Using a trusty compact camera he searched high and low for five
years, covering 41 countries in all, to find spaces that not only looked the
part but had a story worth telling. The roadside spots from places as far
flung as China and Chile make up the second half of his new exhibition A8 +
Parking Spaces at Rocket gallery in the heart of London’s east end.
For A8, the architect John McAslan commissioned Parr to examine the
outskirts of Glasgow and the Clyde estuary - McAslan’s stomping ground as a
youngster. The photographer jumped at the chance to capture the quaint
landscape in all its rawness. “This is an area I am fascinated by. One of
the last dock side locations that has not yet been prettyfied, which I am
sure in due course will happen”, he says.
A limited edition book to accompany Parking Spaces will launch in the
gallery on 31 May. The 88-pager is available exclusively at Rocket gallery
for £65, sumptuously packaged in white suedette.