A Thing of Beauty: The Work of José Parlá

khalil_al_hazawi This month I had the opportunity to guest edit the art section of Guernica Magazine. I featured Brooklyn Artist, José Parlá.

My work is inspired by the anonymous art found in the streets. The art may be calligraphy or torn and stripped posters. The inscriptions in my work are used as a form of drawing, and to maintain a record of my observations. In my paintings I create layers and textures representing the ages of memories collected through different periods of my life. When working on my paintings I imagine different people are making choices to write, paint, or destroy the surfaces. With this language I hope to communicate and provoke thoughts of the past and present conditions in the human spirit.

His work has been exhibited and collected by Agnes B. Galerie Du Jour in Paris during the New York Scene exhibition (2003), and the Hi & Lo exhibition curated by Takashi Murakami and Hiroshi Fujiwara at Kai Kai Ki Ki gallery in Tokyo in 2009.

See the full feature in Guernica here.