JR / José Parlá’s mural at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery
for “The Wrinkles of the City Havana, Cuba” exhibition
May 7 - July 12, 2013
JR/ José Parlá
The Wrinkles of the City, Havana Cuba
May 7 - July 12, 2013
Opening reception: Tuesday May 7, 6-8 pm
The Wrinkles of the City was started by JR in Cartagena, Spain and has been reprised in Shanghai, Los Angeles, and most recently, Havana. In 2012, JR and Parlá photographed and interviewed dozens of senior citizens who lived through the Cuban revolution, flyposting colossal black-and-white portraits of their subjects on the walls of city buildings. Parlá, who is of Cuban descent, interlaces the images with palimpsestic, calligraphic writings and color. In a city devoid of commercial imagery, JR and Parlá’s enormous yet intimate portraits offer a stunningly humane contrast to the endless repetition of political icons.
This exhibition will consist of twelve large portraits from the Havana iteration of The Wrinkles of the City project along with a site-specific installation.
Since 2004, the French artist JR has traveled the world creating monumental portraits of ordinary citizens. He is widely considered one of the most influential and visionary of all street artists. JR was awarded the prestigious TED prize in 2011. A documentary film about JR’s Inside Out, a global art project providing people the opportunity to share their portrait and a statement of what they stand for, will be showing at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival. His other projects include Women Are Heroes, Face 2 Face, and Portrait of a Generation.
José Parlá has received critical acclaim for his paintings, which lie at the boundary between abstract marking and calligraphy. Composed from layers of paint, gestural drawing and found ephemera, his work evokes the histories of urban environments. He was recently commissioned by the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (January 2013) and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (September 2012), as well as having recently held solo exhibitions at Haunch of Venison (London, UK) and Yuka Tsuruno Gallery (Tokyo, Japan). In 2013, Parlá was added to the collection of the British Museum, (London, UK). José Parlá lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba, which was commissioned for the 11th Havana Biennial, has been made into a book published by Damiani/Standard Press, as well as a film, which will be on view at the gallery.
The Armory Show 2013
Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is pleased to present its second solo exhibition of Korean artist Airan Kang. Featuring an ambitious installation of over one hundred digital lighting books and new LED paintings, Luminous Words furthers Kang’s exploration into the ontology and evolution of the book as a source of knowledge in the digital era.
Since her earliest sculptures of fabric wrapped books cast in aluminum, she has embraced a diverse range of artistic and philosophical practices. The writings of Western philosophers such as Michel Foucault and Immanuel Kant in particular have profoundly influenced Kang’s approach to art making. In her new body of work, Kang has merged the tradition of painting with digital technology. These photorealist paintings of books on shaped canvases with LED marquees signify both her persistence of theme and desire to investigate new materials.
In addition to the paintings, Luminous Words includes Kang’s digital lighting books - electronically luminescent sculptures cast from transparent synthetic resin. By introducing light from within the sculpture, Kang removes the association with the object as an actual book, asking the viewer to contemplate the subject matter conveyed by the book’s title.
Airan Kang (b. 1960) lives and works in Seoul, Korea where she is a professor at Ewha Woman’s University. She has been exhibiting her work since 1985 including exhibitions at the National Library of Korea, Korea; Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Japan; Taipei Fine Art Museum, Republic of China; Seoul Art Center, Korea; Bienal de Arte Contemporaneo de Sevilla, Spain; and gallery shows at White Box, New York, NY; Prestel Gallery, Frankfurt, Germany; and Gallery Simon, Seoul, Korea.
Congratulations to Jose Parla on the unveiling of his mural, “Diary of Brooklyn” at the Barclays Center.
The mural is located at the Emblem Health Dean Entrance, on Dean Street between Flatbush and 6th Avenues.
January 10 - February 16
Opening Reception: January 10, 6-8 pm
New York Times Magazine: Memo From Miami | The Cuban Collection.
Marina Cashdan catches up with Jose Parla and JR in Miami and discusses Wrinkles of the City: Havana and Cafecito Neptuno
PULSE Miami 2012