March 22, 2018 to May 12, 2018
41 East 57th Street 13th Floor
New York - 10022 NY
In Multiplicities, Parlá blurs the line between the image and the process, between intuition and surprise. The resulting works reflect the viewer's psyche and the artist's subconscious. Parlá's work is reminiscent of Lucas Samaras's scratched Polaroids or Stan Brakhage's hand-painted films, filled with dynamic fluid forms that continually invite and rebuff identification and interpretation. Párla's mixed-media approach towards identity and interest in pluralism and doing away with boundaries is evident in works like Shaped By Desire (2016) or Out of Time Again from his Kinetic Lumino series (2018).
Some subjects are intensely reworked—manually manipulated, re-photographed, or altered until the original object is subsumed beneath layers of abstraction. The photographs become object and subject, or, as Parlá says: "The works for Multiplicities are the hybrid imprints of my soul and evidence of the passage of time. These created worlds are a reflection of me, self-portraits of my own multiplicity." Maintaining a constant aesthetic has not been the aim in creating his mixed-media works, and Parlá wears his influences on his sleeve. An Ellsworth Kelly–inspired grid of 64 exposed 4 x 5 inch negatives entitled You, inhabits the Project Space. In the main gallery, a black-and-white silk-screen transparency mounted onto glow paper is surrounded by silver-gelatin prints and a large-scale painting. The lines he creates during his process not only scratch the surface of some of his negatives but also digs deep into the history and future of the medium, challenging our notion of what a photograph actually communicates.