Jose Parla Character Gestures
Character Gestures is a solo exhibition of José Parlá’s latest body of work. Comprised of paintings, mono-transfers, and installations, this exhibition builds on the artist’s earlier work that dealt with the concept of psychogeography, depicting distressed architectural surfaces layered with calligraphic text. While he continues to broach the idea of how we experience urban landscapes and the visual language of mark making, the shift within Character Gestures stems from a deeper engagement with process and abstraction.
The notion of “character” is as much about text, integrity, and specific traits, as it is a literal nod to Parlá’s performance, wherein he assumes the role of hypothetical pedestrians who interact with marred city walls. “Gesture,” encompasses the ideas of movement, communication, and demonstration, and is mutually respectful of the artist’s accidental and calculated actions when applying medium to surface.
With Parlá’s new paintings, as seen in No Return, Here Again, 2011, marks mix with textures, bright colors, and media, yet the process is as involved and significant as the visual outcome. In a collection of work on paper, which the artist refers to as “mono-transfers,” he experiments with a form of frottage, documenting his new paintings via the impressions they leave on paper. Character Gestures exemplifies Parlá’s deftness at technical execution; the complexity of layering, combined with erasure, still manages a translucent effect. His fluency in visual communication is mindful of the fact that any emotion or memory that attempts physicality can only serve, in reality, as an abbreviation of its original essence.
DatesSeptember 09 - October 29, 2011
Opening ReceptionFriday, September 09, 6-8pm
Location937 N. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90069
All images: Character Gestures, 2011. Photography by Joshua White