Gesture Performing Dance Dance Performing Gesture
7’ x 37’ collage, acrylic, oil, ink, plaster and enamel
Brooklyn Academy of Music
Unveiled in June 2012, this mural was commissioned by BAM for the Fischer Building.
Measuring 7 feet high and 37 feet long, this was the first commissioned artwork for the BAM Fisher building, and Parla’s first commission in Brooklyn. Parla builds a painterly history, using layers of abstract, gestural mark making, writing, and collage materials found on the streets, which may also include writings and images, sometimes obscured in successive layers. Writing and seeing are often linked in Parla’s works, often overlapping in the same paintings, as a reminder that we are active participants and seers.
Parla has been included in the 11th Havana Biennale, a performative exhibition and collaboration at the Savannah College of Art and Design, an exhibition with his brother Ray at the Water Tank project, in New York City, Haunch of Venison, London, England, Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery, New York, the High Museum, Atlanta, GA and the Gross Mitchell Foundation, Dallas, Texas.
Artwork copyright of the artist, Artist Rights Society, NY
Photo Credit: Michael Appleton