Owen G Parry is a UK based artist and researcher working in performance, video and writing and across gallery, theatre, and club contexts.
His work engages with the “difficult” and often “humorous” affects of watching bodies, histories and narratives perform and fail to perform, and has been described as “intimate and daringly pornographic” as well as "engaging, bemusing and, at times, embarrassing". Owen has ongoing collaborations with Andrew Mitchelson as Mitch & Parry (aka “the spitting boys”), as well as with Eirini Kartsaki as Lola & Stephen, an unfolding semi-fictive relationship founded on a mutual fascination with one another's “shit”.
Owen is currently completing a practice based PhD in Visual Cultures at Goldsmiths, University of London (2013). His thesis is titled "Trashy" Tendencies: Indeterminate Acts of Refusal in Contemporary Performance Practice. Owen held an AHRC award as artist researcher on Performance Matters with the Live Art Development Agency (2009-12), where he co-organised the Performing Idea Laboritory at A Foundation and Performing Idea Forum at Whitechapel Gallery (2010), Trash Salon at Toynbee Studios (2011), and P o P - a two-day public programme on the Potentials of Performance across various venues in Hackney Wick (2012). His work has been written about in art and performance journals, queer press and also featured in the Evening Standard. He was co-editor of a special issue of Dance Theatre Journal, (2011)
Owen has performed and screened his work internationally, everywhere from the Hayward Gallery, tate, Roundhouse and Royal Festival Hall, to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and Brixton Academy, for audiences of two-thousand to audiences of one.