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JOSÈ PARLÀ – Broken Language (LONDON)

José Parlá (*1973 in Miami) verwendet die unterschiedlichsten Techniken und Materialien für seine großformatigen, kalligrafischen und abstrakten Panele. Acryl- und Ölfarben, Gips, Poster für Collagen, selbst gemischte Tinten und Emaillesprühfarbe. Beim Umschreiben hält er seine Erfahrungen in kalligrafischen und an Palimpseste erinnernden Codes fest. Seine Markierungen dienen als eine Art Sammlung textlich überlieferter Erinnerungen und erscheinen auf Hintergründen, die abgeschabten Oberflächen gleichen. Diese findet er unter anderem in den Straßen von Havanna, London, Istanbul, Hongkong, Tokio oder New York. Untergründe welche durch Farbschichten, alte Plakate oder jahrelange Vernachlässigung beschädigt wurden. Der Graffitikünstler mit kubanischen Wurzeln startet 1983 mit Breakdance und Graffiti, unter dem Namen „Ease“ zählt er schon früh zur Avantgarde der Graffitiszene von Miami, sammelte jahrelang Erfahrungen um heute überaus erfolgreich mit seinen viellagigen Bildern mit kalligrafischen Elementen in den Galerien in Paris oder London zu überzeugen. NOWNESS hat Parlá in der englischen Hauptstadt vor die Kamera bekommen, im Rahmen seiner Ausstellung “Broken Language” (Haunch of Venison). Ein sehr gelungenes Artist Feature.

“For most of my life I have experienced being in transition and migration. This feeling allows me to bring the broken languages of the global community and its conditions into the gallery. My work is an empire of fragmented cacophonies, observed performances, palimpsestic musical gestures, and topographical compositions governing the essence of the cities I’ve travelled through.”

Concrete sculptures and large-format expressionistic paintings that combine collected ephemera with layered oils and graffiti-style brushstrokes bring the streets into the gallery for José Parlá’s exhibition Broken Language, opening today at Haunch of Venison in London. In this documentary short, the New York-based, Miami-born artist mines inspiration from the pavements of Hackney for this latest solo show, giving us a peak into his signature practice of recording the urban environments he visits in his multimedia works. “London spirals and circles,” observes the artist of the crazy, unplanned structure of the UK capital that is reflected in the dynamic wall-sized pieces currently on display there. “There are veins of alleyways and streets that go in different directions, and you have to know the routes to get around.” Parlá has been visiting the city since the late 90s, and notes how both the natural and built environments have a distinct impact on its inhabitants in comparison to his adopted home. “The infrastructure is different, the colors are different, the vegetation is different, the grey skies are different—and when you have light, it’s very special,” says Parlá, who makes multiple trips to a locale when studying it for his creations. “There is a lot of psychology that goes with how a city is built.”

Broken Language runs at Haunch of Venison, London through March 28.

Artist Website: joseparla.com
Source: nowness.com
Photo: purple.fr


Posted: 13. Februar 2013