Artist Corner: José Parlá

"Day and Night in London Town" 2013, Broken Language, Haunch of Venison, London

"Day and Night in London Town" 2013, Broken Language, Haunch of Venison, London

Today's post is all about my love for artist, José Parlá. Parlá started his career at a young age painting on the streets of Maimi and New York. He decided to take his art form into the the museum and gallery world. This jump from painting outdoors to showing in the gallery and museum setting is a big one, one that most artists cannot do successfully. He worked tirelessly on trying to create a mood or feeling of the streets in the gallery. Here is an excerpt of Parlá's artist statement which eloquently describes his journey and feelings about his art.

"During the beginning, this was an art that was not accepted by society because it was seen as destructive, rebellious, and anarchic. I felt a challenge to present art that originally existed outdoors—inside, like art displayed in museums, and this was an interesting problem for me that needed a solution.  I wanted to create works that retained their roots. My new paintings could not abandon their environment.  I then embarked on a journey to search out in detail the dialogue of decaying walls, the marks on them, and what it all means to me.  This has led my paintings to become memory documents.  As a result, these works are time capsules, mixed documents of memory and research; part performance, as I impersonate the characters that leave their marks on walls. Time is a part of these paintings as their creative process simulates the passing of time on city walls and their layers of history with layers of paint, posters, writing, and re-construction.  This process, like meditation, affirms my everlasting devotion to art as a form of spirituality, which exists in the present and pays homage to those who leave their traces behind.  " - José Parlá 

 

Diary of Brooklyn, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY 2013

Diary of Brooklyn, Barclays Center, Brooklyn, NY 2013

ONE: Union of the Senses, 2014, One World Trade Center, New York, NY

ONE: Union of the Senses, 2014, One World Trade Center, New York, NY

Detail of "Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture" - 2012

Detail of "Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture" - 2012

Finished shot of "Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture" - BAM Fisher, commissioned by the The Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2012

Finished shot of "Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture" - BAM Fisher, commissioned by the The Brooklyn Academy of Music, 2012

I am now cutting myself off from posting the hundreds of pictures I have from his work... Thank you, José, for producing the most amazing murals and spaces! Here is my Mr. Roger's advice for the day... go out into the world whether it's in person, instagram, email, however you choose and tell an artist that you love  THANK YOU.