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

Reading through Seeing


Dates:
Sat Jul 11, 2009 00:00 - Fri May 29, 2009

Location:
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

Jose Parla: Reading through Seeing, New Works

14 May - 11 July 2009.

Ooi Botos Gallery is pleased to announce Reading through Seeing, New Works, an exhibition by contemporary artist Jose Parla, on view 14 May through 11 July 2009. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and will showcase new paintings, works on paper, photographs and ceramic works.

The exhibition will take place during Art HK 09 and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars Alexandra Chang of New York University — Asia Pacific Center and critical theorist and art historian Michael Betancourt. An artist talk by Jose Parla will be co-hosted by The Pawn on the 16th of May 2009. In conjunction with ART HK 09, The Pawn is hosting a series of art related VIP events from the 15 of May through the 17 of May 2009.

Jose Parla’s new works are inspired by his recent travels in France, Japan and the United Kingdom. Parla’s unique and playful inscriptions and diary-like gestures with his trademark hand-writing recall his personal observations of how the idiosyncratic behavior of anonymous individuals on those distant streets distinctly impact each geographical environment.

The complexity of Jose Parla’s mixed media paintings is based on the layering of images and paraphernalia collected from his daily encounters at home and his adventures abroad, interpreted through his dynamic gestural process. Interleaved through each work is Parla’s calligraphic script, which infuses each piece with vibrancy, energy and meaning.

Memories, thoughts, ideas, quotes, phrases, conversations and observations scrawled in Parla’s instantly recognizable, flowing script reflect his characteristic fusion of writing and painting, word and image. His brushwork depicts walls in the city, or in rural areas outside of urban centers, while his mélange of imagery and words hint at stories within stories, an evocation of the places that have deeply affected him.

About Jose Parla

Jose Parla is a New-York based artist whose paintings reflect the way in which cities function as palimpsests. Born in Miami, Parla traveled in the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Europe in the 1990s before settling permanently in New York. His work has been collected and exhibited by Agnes B. Galerie Du Jour in Paris and Takashi Murakami’s Kai Kai Ki Ki Gallery in Tokyo. Major recent exhibitions include, The New Grand Tour showing in Hong Kong and Beijing (2007-08), Adaptation / Translation at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London (2008), The New Yorkers at V1 Gallery in Denmark, curated by by Mikkel Grønnebæk and Todd James and Layered Days with Cristina Grajales’ Soho Gallery in New York City (2008). Forthcoming is the Stages Art Tour, by the Livestrong Foundation at Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris.

Ooi Botos Gallery
5 Gresson Street,
Wanchai, Hong Kong
+852.2527.9733
info@ooibotos.com

Ooi Botos: http://ooibotos.com/ftp/eBrochureAll30\_4.pdf

http://www.joseparla.com


DISCUSSION

JOSÉ PARLÁ: READING THROUGH SEEING, NEW WORKS


Ooi Botos Gallery is pleased to announce Reading Through Seeing, an exhibition by contemporary artist José Parlá, on view 14 May through 11 July 2009. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and will showcase new paintings, works on paper, photographs and ceramic works. The exhibition will take place during Art HK 09 and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars Alexandra Chang of New York University — Asia Pacific Center and critical theorist and art historian Michael Betancourt.

José Parlá’s new works are inspired by his recent travels in France, Japan and the United Kingdom. Parlá’s unique and playful inscriptions and diary-like gestures with his trademark hand-writing recall his personal observations of how the idiosyncratic behavior of anonymous individuals on those distant streets distinctly impact each geographical environment.

The complexity of José Parlá’s mixed media paintings is based on the layering of images and paraphernalia collected from his daily encounters at home and his adventures abroad, interpreted through his dynamic gestural process. Interleaved through each work is Parlá’s calligraphic script, which infuses each piece with vibrancy, energy and meaning.

Memories, thoughts, ideas, quotes, phrases, conversations and observations scrawled in Parlá’s instantly recognizable, flowing script reflect his characteristic fusion of writing and painting, word and image. His brushwork depicts walls in the city, or in rural areas outside of urban centers, while his mélange of imagery and words hint at stories within stories, an evocation of the places that have deeply affected him.

The story-telling nature of José Parlá’s work is mesmerizing. At first glance, his paintings are reminiscent of an abandoned street alley, but as one’s eyes linger, one realizes the density and complexity of overflowing imagery. Parlá’s innate gift of capturing both the chaos and the tranquility of the city has moved countless viewers.

About José Parlá

José Parlá is a New-York based artist whose paintings reflect the way in which cities function as palimpsests. Born in Miami, Parlá traveled in the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Europe in the 1990s before settling permanently in New York. His work has been collected and exhibited by Agnes B. Galerie Du Jour in Paris and Takashi Murakami’s Kai Kai Ki Ki gallery in Tokyo. Major recent exhibitions include, The New Grand Tour showing in Hong Kong and Beijing (2007-08), Adaptation / Translation at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London (2008), and Layered Days with Cristina Grajales’ Soho gallery in New York City (2008).

About Ooi Botos Gallery

Ooi Botos is Hong Kong’s leading avant-garde gallery specializing in photography, digital media, video and installation. In fact, the José Parlá exhibition marks a departure from Ooi Botos’ customary program, with Parlá being the only painter represented by the gallery. Ooi Botos is dedicated to exposing the public to art forms rarely seen in Hong Kong to raise the level of discourse about art in Asia.

Ooi Botos is located at 5 Gresson Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Gallery Hours:

Tuesday to Friday 11.30 A.M. -
3 P.M. and 6 P.M. - 8 P.M.,
Saturday 11 A.M. - 6 P.M.

Tel. +852 2527 9733

www.joseparla.com

www.ooibotos.com


EVENT

JOSÉ PARLÁ: READING THROUGH SEEING, NEW WORKS


Dates:
Thu May 14, 2009 00:00 - Wed Apr 08, 2009

Location:
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

Ooi Botos Gallery is pleased to announce Reading Through Seeing, an exhibition by contemporary artist José Parlá, on view 14 May through 11 July 2009. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong and will showcase new paintings, works on paper, photographs and ceramic works. The exhibition will take place during Art HK 09 and will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars Alexandra Chang of New York University — Asia Pacific Center and critical theorist and art historian Michael Betancourt.

José Parlá’s new works are inspired by his recent travels in France, Japan and the United Kingdom. Parlá’s unique and playful inscriptions and diary-like gestures with his trademark hand-writing recall his personal observations of how the idiosyncratic behavior of anonymous individuals on those distant streets distinctly impact each geographical environment.

The complexity of José Parlá’s mixed media paintings is based on the layering of images and paraphernalia collected from his daily encounters at home and his adventures abroad, interpreted through his dynamic gestural process. Interleaved through each work is Parlá’s calligraphic script, which infuses each piece with vibrancy, energy and meaning.

Memories, thoughts, ideas, quotes, phrases, conversations and observations scrawled in Parlá’s instantly recognizable, flowing script reflect his characteristic fusion of writing and painting, word and image. His brushwork depicts walls in the city, or in rural areas outside of urban centers, while his mélange of imagery and words hint at stories within stories, an evocation of the places that have deeply affected him.

The story-telling nature of José Parlá’s work is mesmerizing. At first glance, his paintings are reminiscent of an abandoned street alley, but as one’s eyes linger, one realizes the density and complexity of overflowing imagery. Parlá’s innate gift of capturing both the chaos and the tranquility of the city has moved countless viewers.

About José Parlá

José Parlá is a New-York based artist whose paintings reflect the way in which cities function as palimpsests. Born in Miami, Parlá traveled in the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Europe in the 1990s before settling permanently in New York. His work has been collected and exhibited by Agnes B. Galerie Du Jour in Paris and Takashi Murakami’s Kai Kai Ki Ki gallery in Tokyo. Major recent exhibitions include, The New Grand Tour showing in Hong Kong and Beijing (2007-08), Adaptation / Translation at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London (2008), and Layered Days with Cristina Grajales’ Soho gallery in New York City (2008).

About Ooi Botos Gallery

Ooi Botos is Hong Kong’s leading avant-garde gallery specializing in photography, digital media, video and installation. In fact, the José Parlá exhibition marks a departure from Ooi Botos’ customary program, with Parlá being the only painter represented by the gallery. Ooi Botos is dedicated to exposing the public to art forms rarely seen in Hong Kong to raise the level of discourse about art in Asia.

Ooi Botos is located at 5 Gresson Street, Wanchai, Hong Kong.

Gallery Hours:
Tuesday to Friday 11.30 A.M. - 3 P.M.
and 6 P.M. - 8 P.M.,
Saturday 11 A.M. - 6 P.M.

Tel. +852 2527 9733

www.ooibotos.com


EVENT

JOSÉ PARLÁ: READING THROUGH SEEING, NEW WORKS


Dates:
Thu May 14, 2009 00:00 - Fri Apr 03, 2009

Location:
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China

May 14 - July 11, 2009

Ooi Botos Gallery is pleased to announce new paintings, works on paper, and photographs by Brooklyn based artist, José Parlá. This will be the artist’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong.

The exhibition is presented during the Hong Kong International Art Fair and it will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue with essays by scholars, Alexandra Chang - New York University Asia Pacific Center, and art theorist and historian, Michael Betancourt.

Aspects of Parlá’s new works recall his unique and playful inscriptions, diary like gestures with his trademark hand-writing used to document his observations of precise study and specific effects of the geographical environment in the urban landscape by the behavior of anonymous individuals on the streets in recent travels to France, Japan, and the United Kingdom.

Memories, thoughts, ideas, quotes, phrases, conversations and observations scrawled in a flowing mode reflect Parlá’s characteristic fusion of writing and painting, word and image.

His brushwork depicts walls out in the city or rural areas wherever he might be traveling through together with worlds of words that hint to stories within stories and evoke the places he has visited.

José Parlá was born in 1973 in Miami, and studied at The Savannah College of Art & Design in Georgia and at The New World School of the Arts in Miami. Following travels in the Caribbean, South America, Asia and Europe, Parlá settled permanently in New York. He has exhibited his work extensively since the early 90s.

His work has been collected and shown by Agnes B., Galerie Du Jour in Paris, and Takashi Murakami’s Kai Kai Ki Ki gallery in Tokyo. Major recent exhibitions include, The New Grand Tour showing in Hong Kong and Beijing (2007-08), Adaptation / Translation at Elms Lesters Painting Rooms in London (2008), and Layered Days with the Cristina Grajales gallery in New York City (2008).

www.joseparla.com

www.ooibotos.com



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