Things fall apart is a fragment of a poem by the Irish early-modernist poet, WB Yeats. Rendered in neon, the text becomes a sign, a reminder of our inherent fragility, and the temporal nature of the existence of all things.

Accompanying this text work are two ‘drawings’, made almost 20 years apart and identical, except for the obvious effect of time on the older version. The works are made onto posters, released as a limited edition inserted in a book, by the Cuban/American artist Felix Gonzales-Torres. The posters feature a black and white image of two birds in flight against a grey sky. My intervention onto them was made by stitching metallic thread through the paper, a series of expanding circles that evoke ripples, soundwaves, or targets.

In these works, recurrences, change and impermanence are all represented.


Luke Parker received a BA (Communications) from the University of Technology in 1996. Since then, his work has been included in exhibitions at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the National Gallery of Victoria, Geelong Gallery, Gertrude Contemporary, the Centre for Contemporary Photography, Monash Gallery of Art, Carriageworks, Artspace, the National Art School Gallery, Campbelltown Arts Centre, and Penrith Regional Gallery. He has made works for many artist-run galleries, received development grants from the Australia Council (2003, 2018), and undertaken residencies at ACME in London in 2003, and in 2018 at the Cité internationale des arts, Paris. His work is held in the collections of the AGNSW and the NGV.