JOSE PARLA’S “PROSE” EXHIBITION AT YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY, TOKYO
Supertouch buddy José Parla just opened a beautiful show of new work titled "Prose" in Tokyo at the esteemed Yuka Tsuruno Gallery where the major focus is an incredible 15-meter long mural painting that was created onsite in the gallery in the days leading up to the exhibition.
For those not yet acquainted with the artist, his uniquely expressive painting style, which incorporates elements of both language and writing, has been winning international acclaim. For Parlá, walls are sites where the energy, history, and culture of urban society are located, and where human memory and psychology are inscribed. His work takes its starting point from walking around the international cities where he travels, observing and documenting them in order to start a dialogue with the place.
Parla's paintings are distinguished by their all-over layered backgrounds, made up of paints and collages of found objects like posters, and rhythmically drawn calligraphic writings overlaid onto the different layers. The backgrounds in his works consist of segments of city wall interpreted and rebuilt from his own impressions of them, and the writings resemble journal or diary entries lodged within his memories, or the inspirations he obtains from these walls. Although the abstracted texts constitute an indecipherable language entirely his own, when combined with the layers of painting, they evoke a panoply of stories that unfold within our imagination.
José Parlá summarizes the work in the exhibition PROSE
"? stream of consciousness ? a rhythmic structure that carries the energy and poetic painting body in flux with dance ? defined by memory brought into action in its own moment ? imbedded in an improvisational blend of performance ? founded on research and observation that forms the visual compositions before us ? evoking a metropolitan narrative ? presenting an objective truth ?"
The show remains on view until May 8th, don't miss it if you're in Japan
Most photos by José Parla
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