Rey Parla
Since 2009
rey@reyparla.com
Works in Brooklyn, New York United States of America

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BIO
Rey Parla is an American artist, photographer, and filmmaker, living and working in Brooklyn, New York.  Rey Parla earned a B.A. in English Literature and a Certificate in Film Studies from Florida International University (FIU) and attended Miami Dade Community College.  
 
From 1993 to 1998 Rey completed Independent Film Studies at The Alliance Film/Video Cooperative founded by filmmakers Mark Boswell and William Keddell.  Rey's internship was realized at the Miami International Film Festival while studying with film directors Doris Wishman, Sergio Giral (Cuba), Dinorah de Jesús Rodríguez, and photographers Joseph Tamargo, William Maguire, and musician  Alfredo Triff. 
 
In 1994 the newsletter for The Alliance for Media Arts in Miami Beach commented: "Rey Parla is one of the best experimental scratch filmmakers in the country." Rey's Super 8mm film, Sporadic Germination, was selected by Bruce Posner of Harvard Film Archives for his curated program at The 12th Annual Miami International Film Festival: The Avant-Garde Returns - with fellow filmmakers: Stan Brakhage (USA), Jose Antonio Sistiaga (Spain), Charles Recher (USA), Marilyn Gottlieb-Roberts (USA), William Keddell (New Zealand), and Rey Parla (Miami, FL).  
 
Rey created two follow up films with screenings at the Dorsch Gallery: The Revolution of Super 8 Universe: A Self-Portrait and Rumba Abstracta where Rey directed a special musical presentation by Ivan Moreno's conga drum band at The Cuban Alternative Film Festival in Little Habana.
 
Rey's Super 8mm and 35mm scratch films, narrative shorts, and documentaries have screened to honorable mentions on TV, the internet, and festivals like: The Anti Film Festival, The Alliance Cinema, Milan International Film Festival, Flower Film Festival, The Central Florida Film & Video Festival, The Independent Feature Project, El Museo Universitario de Ciencias y Arte Roma (MUCA Roma), and The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives screenings.
 
From 2007 to 2010, Rey co-produced and was one of the co-directors for the travelogue; The New Grand Tour, a project also exhibited in Hong Kong (2007), Beijing (2008), and at Bryce Wolkowitz’s Gallery in New York City (2010) which produced two exhibition monographs where Rey presented his poetry and manifesto in collaboration with artists: Suitman (aka Young Kim), brother José Parlá, Rostarr, Deanne Cheuk and Davi Russo. 
 
Early in 2011 curator Helen Homan Wu of Opalnest Independent Projects presented SONIC ARCHITEXTURES, an experiential art event with a new film by Rey Parla entitled: Emulsions, Glitches, and Scratches in a live sound and image performance with MERCE (Maria Chavez and Shelley Burgon).
 
Rey has collaborated with performer Natasha Tsakos in Miami Beach, Vanessa Gocksch of Intermundos and Ralph Falcón of MURK RECORDS.  Critical theorist, filmmaker, and collaborator; Michael Betancourt, has written about Rey’s work. 
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EVENT

VIRAL UNDERGROUND [ 2011 ]


Dates:
Mon Dec 19, 2011 06:00 - Sat Dec 31, 2011

Location:
New York
United States of America

Viral Underground (2011)

2.5 min

Designed by Rey Parla and Michael Betancourt

This movie was produced as a collaboration between the scratch film maker Rey Parla and digital movie maker Michael Betancourt.

It developed from several years of discussions about collaborating on a project, and finally began when Parla sent a drive with material to Betancourt in the summer of 2011, which he then combined with some of his own material.

The finished movie is a dialogue between their approaches and techniques, combining scratch, glitch, analog processing and digital compositing to create a hybrid.


DISCUSSION

Free Fabricated Alternative Fantasy


Viral Underground Flavors (2011)

2.5 min

Designed by Rey Parla and Michael Betancourt

This movie was produced as a collaboration between the scratch film maker Rey Parla and digital movie maker Michael Betancourt. It developed from several years of discussions about collaborating on a project, and finally began when Parla sent a drive with material to Betancourt in the summer of 2011, which he then combined with some of his own material. The finished movie is a dialogue between their approaches and techniques, combining scratch, glitch, analog processing and digital compositing to create a hybrid.

EVENT

José Parlá | Walls, Diaries, and Paintings


Dates:
Thu Mar 03, 2011 06:00 - Sat Apr 16, 2011

Location:
NYC, New York
United States of America

JOSÉ PARLÁ
WALLS, DIARIES, AND PAINTINGS
MARCH 3 - APRIL 16, 2011
OPENING RECEPTION: THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 6 - 9 PM

New York, NY, February 3, 2011— Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery is pleased to announce Walls, Diaries, and Paintings, a solo exhibition of the Brooklyn-based artist José Parlá.
Walls, Diaries, and Paintings features fifteen new paintings, that chronicle Parlá’s exploration of the diverse places and cultures he has traversed. From Istanbul to Havana, from Tokyo to New York, the colors and textures of the neighborhoods and alleyways have found a forceful and moving resolution in Parlá’s works that are both inspirational and revealing.
José Parlá is a documentarian of city life. Using the backdrop of this and many other towns, he re-makes in paint what can appear to be photorealist fragments of what he sees in the chaos and rush of the metropolis. His paintings reflect the accumulated memories and experiences, the walls that show a place that was, but no longer is – built over, renewed in some other configuration. Parlá paints revelations —transcriptions of the process — proof of the history of our neighborhoods. These markings expose his drive to say or divulge the passing of time, in the moment.
Parlá’s work shows that words, signs, and marks come to mean more, over time, in this symphony of diversity, both incongruous and in harmony, that surrounds our contemporary life. His practice originated in graffiti’s experimental and collaborative approaches during the eighties. Although he has come to identify with and reflect on the compositions of Abstract Expressionism, particularly Jackson Pollock and the later incarnations of Cy Twombly, as well as the German New Symbolist works of Anselm Kiefer, he transcends these antecedents by making altogether singular expressions that are part theater, part language, and part archaeology.
It is however, Parlá’s early inspirations and influence that have had the deepest and most important impact on his current work. In that, beyond painting, whether academic or street, are his Latin origins, particularly Miami, where he grew up listening to Hip-Hop music and seeing the colors and sights that are specific to the architecture of that place.
A new monograph of José Parlá’s work, Walls, Diaries, and Paintings, will be available upon the exhibition’s opening. Published by Hatje Cantz, it includes essays by Isolde Brielmaier, Greg Tate, & Michael Betancourt. Click here to purchase

Parlá's works have appeared in major exhibitions in London, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Paris, and recently in Stages for the Livestrong Foundation at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin (Paris), Deitch Projects (New York) and O.H.W.O.W. (Miami). In the summer of 2010, he was part of the traveling exhibition, The New Grand Tour at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery.
José Parlá studied painting at the Savannah College of Art and Design. The artist currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
For further information, please contact Amanda Bhalla Wilkes at (212) 243 8830 or by email at amanda@brycewolkowitz.com.
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BRYCE WOLKOWITZ GALLERY
505 WEST 24TH STREET
NEW YORK, NY 10011
T 212 243 8830
www.brycewolkowitz.com


DISCUSSION

THE NEW GRAND TOUR: GROUP EXHIBITION


THE NEW GRAND TOUR: GROUP EXHIBITION OPENS THURS. JUNE 3RD, 2010 @ 6-8PM

June 3 - July 17, 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday June 3, 6-8pm


NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 30, 2010- BRYCE WOLKOWITZ GALLERY announces the opening of The New Grand Tour. The original concept of the grand tour was born in the late sixteenth century when it became fashionable for young aristocrats to visit the great cities of Europe such as Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome, as the culmination of their classical education. As rail and steamship travel became more accessible, the practice flourished and served as an educational rite of passage for Englishmen, Germans, French and Americans alike.

The goal of The New Grand Tour is to revive, re-invent, redefine, and change the old concept by venturing well beyond a voyage for the privileged elite. Instead, The New Grand Tour would become a mechanism for a group of unique and talented artists to interact with foreign cultures in an appreciative and organic way, rather than simply as voyeurs.

Beginning on October 20, 2007, Young Kim was joined by Deanne Cheuk, José Parlá, Rey Parlá, Rostarr and Davi Russo for thirteen days of travel in the Far East. They began in Shanghai heading for the remote Yunnan Province, in search of the mystical city of Shangri la. With James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon as their guide, their journey took them through the beautiful valleys, rivers and lakes between the border of Yunnan Province and Tibet, through the Mei Li Snow Mountains and eventually to Beijing. While on this journey, each artist created new works within their respective medium, inspired by the places they visited during their travels.

This wide-ranging body of work, now showcased in The New Grand Tour exhibition, brings together a diverse group of voices united through their individual and collective experiences on this tour, which reflects both the visual and sensory inspiration they encountered in the many destinations of this shared travelogue.

From Suitman’s humorous snapshot portraits of Tsitang school children to José Parlá’s densely layered paintings the works in this exhibition show how materiality and subject intertwine to make an image of their journey. Deanne Cheuk’s meticulous drawings and colorful watercolors inspired by the Shangri La landscape take us there. While the free form calligraphy in Rostarr’s graphic paintings and filmmaker Rey Parlá’s exploration of narrative storytelling through his unique process of distressing and treating celluloid negatives reflect the visual and written, much like the Chinese character as word. Photographer Davi Russo’s snapshots of the sights and sounds he encountered on the journey give a raw and immediate sense to the overall experience.

For more information please contact:
Amanda Wilkes @ amanda@brycewolkowitz.com
or (212) 243-8830.

505 W24th Street, New York, NY 10011
t 212 234 8300 f 212 243 8620
info@brycewolkowitz.com
www.brycewolkowitz.com

EVENT

THE NEW GRAND TOUR


Dates:
Thu Jun 03, 2010 00:00 - Sun May 09, 2010

THE NEW GRAND TOUR

June 3 - July 17, 2010

Opening Reception: Thursday June 3, 6-8pm

NEW YORK, NY, APRIL 30, 2010- BRYCE WOLKOWITZ GALLERY announces the opening of The New Grand Tour. The original concept of the grand tour was born in the late sixteenth century when it became fashionable for young aristocrats to visit the great cities of Europe such as Paris, Venice, Florence, and Rome, as the culmination of their classical education. As rail and steamship travel became more accessible, the practice flourished and served as an educational rite of passage for Englishmen, Germans, French and Americans alike.

The goal of The New Grand Tour is to revive, re-invent, redefine, and change the old concept by venturing well beyond a voyage for the privileged elite. Instead, The New Grand Tour would become a mechanism for a group of unique and talented artists to interact with foreign cultures in an appreciative and organic way, rather than simply as voyeurs.

Beginning on October 20, 2007, Young Kim was joined by Deanne Cheuk, José Parlá, Rey Parlá, Rostarr and Davi Russo for thirteen days of travel in the Far East. They began in Shanghai heading for the remote Yunnan Province, in search of the mystical city of Shangri la. With James Hilton’s novel, Lost Horizon as their guide, their journey took them through the beautiful valleys, rivers and lakes between the border of Yunnan Province and Tibet, through the Mei Li Snow Mountains and eventually to Beijing. While on this journey, each artist created new works within their respective medium, inspired by the places they visited during their travels.

This wide-ranging body of work, now showcased in The New Grand Tour exhibition, brings together a diverse group of voices united through their individual and collective experiences on this tour, which reflects both the visual and sensory inspiration they encountered in the many destinations of this shared travelogue.

From Suitman’s humorous snapshot portraits of Tsitang school children to José Parlá’s densely layered paintings the works in this exhibition show how materiality and subject intertwine to make an image of their journey. Deanne Cheuk’s meticulous drawings and colorful watercolors inspired by the Shangri La landscape take us there.

While the free form calligraphy in Rostarr’s graphic paintings and filmmaker Rey Parlá’s exploration of narrative storytelling through his unique process of distressing and treating celluloid negatives reflect the visual and written, much like the Chinese character as word. Photographer Davi Russo’s snapshots of the sights and sounds he encountered on the journey give a raw and immediate sense to the overall experience.

For more information please contact Amanda Wilkes at amanda@brycewolkowitz.com or (212) 243-8830.

505 W24th Street, New York, NY 10011
t 212 234 8300 f 212 243 8620
info@brycewolkowitz.com
www.brycewolkowitz.com



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