Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist José Parlá will soon be opening his fourth solo exhibition with the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York City. “Anonymous Vernacular” includes a selection of new paintings and reworked found objects by the Miami-born creative.
Parlá collected layered advertising posters from temporary construction walls for his new exhibition, then implementing his own texts, letters, symbols, phrases, and words to truly make the pieces his own. Some of Parlá’s new artworks are on shaped canvases, while others are rectilinear. The idea behind “Anonymous Vernacular” stems from the artist’s obsession with observing walls and painting their surfaces.
In addition to the paintings, Parlá is introducing a new reworked found object sculpture, referencing those who collect bottles and deposit their findings at the recycling center in his neighborhood.
“The anonymity of actions and marks made in a city can amount to an ever-evolving contemporary vernacular – the city as text. A name or message on a wall, homeless people, pushing their makeshift homes in a cart, layers of ripped posters, or an old tarp covering a hole, broken subway tiles, erosion on a steel panel in an alleyway filled with trash, all part of our humanity’s anonymous vernacular,” says Parlá.
“Anonymous Vernacular” by José Parlá will be on display at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery beginning April 25.