José Parlá, PROSE
2013.3.21 - 5.18

José Parlá, City Prose, 2013, 5 x 5 feet, Acrylic, ink, oil paint, enamel on canvas


YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY is pleased to announce PROSE, its first solo exhibition by New York-based artist José Parlá. This will be held as the grand opening for YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY's new venue in a newly opened art center TOLOT/heuristic SHINONOME.

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. 
His 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 ⎯

In this exhibition, consisting of paintings on canvas and a 15 meter mural painting on canvas that Parlá made during his stay will be shown in two gallery spaces. There will be a reception party for the artist on March 21. Also, a 40 pages catalog will be published in conjunction with this exhibition.

Parlá was born in 1973 in Miami, Florida, studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia and The New World School of the Arts in Miami, and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Major exhibitions include "Stages" Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin Paris, Deitch Projects, New York, OHWOW in Miami; Walls, Diaries, and Paintings,  Bryce Wolkowitz, New York, 2011, Character Gestures, OHWOW, Los Angeles 2011, and Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture, BAM FISHER ( Brooklyn Academy of Music ), 2012. Latest projects include a collaboration with French artist JR for the 11th Havana Biennial in Cuba entitled "Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba”,  "Diary of Brooklyn", a mural painting commissioned by the Barclays Center in Downtown Brooklyn, "Nature of Language" a mural commissioned by architecture firm SNOHETTA for the North Carolina State University ( 2013 ),  curated by PopRally, Parlá was part of a panel discussion at MoMA, New York ( 2013 ). Also in 2013, Parlá was added to the collection of the British Museum, London UK, and his colaborative film Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba with Jr was shown with acclaim at the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London. A solo show that unfolds over the entire 3 story building of Haunch of Venison in London runs till March 28th.

José Parlá Website

José Parlá, PROSE
March 21 - May 18, 2013
Opening Reception for the Artist: March 21 (Thu), 18:00-20:00
Hours: 11:00-19:00 Tuesday - Saturday
Venue: YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY (New location in Shinonome)
2F 2-9-13 Shinonome Koto-ku Tokyo 135-0062, Japan Map

A huge site for contemporary art & photography, located on the second floor of a printing & binding factory in Shinonome, Tokyo. It is a 1320 m² museum class space with eight huge minimally lined cubes. For the grand opening two permanent galleries (G/P+g3 Gallery, YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY) and six curated shows including TOKYO FRONTLINE, SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tomio Koyama Gallery, WAKO WORKS OF ART, and Taka Ishii Gallery, and also the permanent collection including Joseph Kosuth and Gerhard Richter will be exhibited.

YUKA TSURUNO GALLERYは3月に東雲に新しく誕生した巨大アートスペースTOLOT/heuristic SHINONOME内に移転し、そのグランドオープニングとしてNYを拠点とするアーティスト、ホセ・パルラの個展「PROSE」を3月21日(木)〜5月18日(土)まで開催いたします。



意識の流れ - それは力をもたらすリズムカルなストラクチャーとダンスのように流れる詩的なペインティングである。それぞれの瞬間に生み出された記憶によって語られ、即興的な動きに刻み込まれている。私たちの目の前に視覚的な構造を作り出すリサーチと観察に基づいて、都市のナラティブを呼び起こし、客観的な真実を提示する。

アートスペース内の、大小2つのギャラリースペースを使って展開される本展では、キャンバス作品の他、滞在制作によって描かれる約15メートルの壁画ペインティングが展示されます。3月21日には来日中の作家を囲んでオープニングパーティーを行います。また、本展にあわせて作品集を出版する予定です(出版:YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY、デザイン:NAKAJIMA DESIGN、4月中旬予定)。

主な展示に『Stage』エマニュエル・ペロタン(パリ)、ダイチ・プロジェクト(ニューヨーク)、OHWOW(マイアミ)、『Walls, Diaries, and Paintings』 ブライス・ウォルコウィッツ(ニューヨーク、2011年)、『Character Gestures』OHWOW(ロスアンジェルス、2011年)、『Gesture Performing Dance, Dance Performing Gesture』BAM FISHER、ブルックリン音楽アカデミー(ニューヨーク、2012年)。最近のプロジェクトに、第11回ハバナ・ビエンナーレでのフランス人アーティストJRとのコラボレーション『Wrinkles of the City』、ブルックリン新設されたバークレーズセンターのコミッションによる壁画制作『Diary of Brooklyn』(2012年)、建築家SNOHETTAのコミッションによるノースカロライナ州立大学の壁画制作『Nature of Language』(2013年)、ニューヨークMoMA、PopRallyのキュレーションによるパネルディスカッション(2013年)、ロンドンのICAでJRとの共同制作によるドキュメンタリーフィルム「Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba」上映(2013年)など。現在、ロンドンのHaunch of Venisonにて3フロア全館にわたる大規模な個展が開催中(〜3月28日まで)。パブリックコレクションに大英博物館(2013年)など。


会期: 2013年3月21日(木)- 5月18日(土)
オープニングレセプション: 2013年3月21日(木)18:00 - 20:00
開廊時間: 火 - 土 11:00 - 19:00 (日・月・祝日休廊)
東京都江東区東雲2-9-13 2F Map

2013年3月21日、りんかい線東雲駅に誕生するコンテンポラリー・アート&フォトの巨大サイト。印刷製本工場の2階400坪に、8つの巨大なキューブがミニマルに並ぶ美術館級の空間。グランドオープニングでは、スペースの常設ギャラリーとなるG/P+g3 Gallery、YUKA TSURUNO GALLERY のショーに加え、TOKYO FRONTLINE、SCAI THE BATHHOUSE、小山登美夫ギャラリー、WAKO WORKS OF ART、Taka Ishii Gallery がそれぞれ企画展示を行います。また、ゲルハルト・リヒターやジョセフ・コスースの作品なども常設展示される予定です。