In Medias Res

José Parlá

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In collaboration with Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery

ISBN: 9788862083621

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José Parlá (born, Miami, 1973) has received critical acclaim for his works, which lie at the boundary between abstraction and calligraphy. Composed from layers of paint, gestural drawing and found ephemera, his work evokes the histories of urban environments. José Parlá is a documentarian of city life. Using the backdrop of world cities, he re-makes in paint what can appear to be photorealist fragments of what he sees in the chaos and rush of the metropolis. His paintings reflect the accumulated memories and experiences, the walls that show a place that was, but no longer is — built over, renewed in some other configuration. Parlá paints revelations — transcriptions of the process — proof of the history of our neighborhoods. Parlá’s work shows that words, signs, and marks come to mean more; over time, in this symphony of diversity, both incongruous and in harmony, that surrounds our contemporary life. His practice originated in graffiti’s experimental and collaborative approaches during the eighties. These markings expose his drive to say or divulge the passing of time, in the moment.

In Media Res concentrates on the body of Parlá’s work that stems from his experiences of living and traveling in various countries: his time in Puerto Rico, his childhood in South Florida in the 1980s, extended journeys throughout the southern United States and Central America in the 1990s and most recent travels throughout Europe, Asia and his ancestral land of Cuba. Spanning painting, watercolor, photography and sculpture, this volume shows Parlá at his most versatile and cosmopolitan.

Parlá was recently commissioned by One World Trade Center for his monumental mural painting, ONE: Union of the Senses,(November 2014) the largest of it’s kind in New York City,  n the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (January 2013) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (September 2012), as well as having recently held solo exhibitions at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York, Haunch of venison (London, U.K.) and Yuka Tsuruno gallery (Tokyo, Japan). In 2013, Parlá was added to the collection of the British Museum London, U.K.)., and the Albright Knox in (Buffalo, New York ) and has an upcoming solo show at the High Museum of Atlanta.  José Parlá lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
language:english pages: 256 illustrations: 220 binding: hardback release: November 2014
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