A Scripted Life \\ Jose Parla

Yeah it has been a month since the last post but I have not left. This is a blast from my inspiration past and continues to feed me with an ever intensifying intricacy.

Jose Parla’s work centers on his ability to mobilize the skills of a graffiti artist into a layered effect of painting that resembles the natural formation of the urban condition. The focus of his work is calligraphy that is often a flurry of white on an intense and richly conceived background.

While the calligraphy resembles the chaotic script of the hastily tagged walls that you will find in any major city, there is not just one tag.  Through my life in cities I have always found tags as creative expression of an artist and not necessarily the public nuisance that some would situate it. I found myself intently studying tags to try to cut through the swoops and swirls and piece together the typographic lettering into a recognizable word. This contrived formation is intentional. Tags are not created on the fly. They are worked over and over again until the right amount of individuality and aggressive directionality is reached. This is much the same way that any design field works. Parla’s work however is through a style of charretted tagging, leaning towards copious output rather than a finalized and crisp singularity. While the motions and the flows from one stroke to another are held in his muscle memory, the tag itself maintains its intentional illegible. Without content to uphold the meaning of the tag, the emphasis is placed on shape, form, aggregation, and directionality.

The stage set for the tagging is ripped straight from the urban fabric. Resembling the construction site walls of plywood in the city, the backgrounds are created to reproduce the layering of posters plastered then ripped, and plastered again. Serendipitously the urban plan is produced in this same piecemeal and palimpsestic way. These works show the way in which contemporary forms created in the architectural community can layer into the existing fabric to register new layers into the city. Parla’s compositions hold great variety while focusing on a narrowed set of problems.

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

Jose Parla

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~ by jonathanhenry on April 6, 2010.

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