José Parlá – Adaptation / Translation

Elms Lesters continues to pound the art world with one great show after another. “Adaptation/Translation”, the latest exhibition from José Parlá is no exception.

José Parlá - The Tamiami Trail - Elms Lesters

Parlá is a student of wildstyle and focuses on how tags incorporate visually into urban decay. The paintings are on canvas but feel as though they were removed from a graffiti dream wall.

The gallery has produced a stunning book to commemorate the exhibition. In addition to covering “Adaptation/Translation” it documents José Parlá’s travels as well as previously unpublished works.

José Parlá - Red the Dread - Elms Lesters

“As our society moves forward through time, ever faster and in ever more complex patterns of living, we forget our spirit – our inner growth. We believe ourselves to be on the cusp of evolution but perhaps we are only experiencing an involution. The marks on the walls of our cities are perhaps a testimonial, like scars of a wounded civilization.”
– José Parlá

José Parlá - Introduction to New Conditions

José Parlá
Adaptation / Translation
10 October – 8 November 2008
Elms Lesters Painting Rooms

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One Response to José Parlá – Adaptation / Translation

  1. doghed says:

    it would indeed be a religious experience to stand before these beautiful tangled interesting & kind paintings.

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