The R&B Feeling: The Bob Parks Story (1 x 60′) – 1971 – the Los Angeles performance art scene is flourishing. Chris Burden has just ordered a studio assistant to shoot him in the left arm with a rifle and Paul McCarthy is painting his naked body with mustard and ketchup in the name of art. And among them all, Bob Parks: an energetic young artist from the UK, living his San Fransiscan wife, Myriam Morales.
Life is perfect, for a time. But when Bob’s marriage fails, things fall apart. He walks the streets of Los Angeles for a year in a string bikini and sees his burgeoning art career come to pieces, before he finally moves back to the UK to live with his parents in the New Forest. Despite planning to stay for only six months to finish a series of paintings, Bob stays for 30 years…
This is a unique film about the eccentric artist Bob Parks: his outrageous performances, his fall from grace, his complex relationships, his fight for recognition and the tragedy that goes on to remake his career.
Producer: Pundersons Gardens / BBC Film
Source: BBC press release