Jose Parla was recently given the chance to return to his hometown and present an exclusive new body of work. The Miami-born artist was commissioned as part of the Rolls-Royce Art Programme, in partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design and Bryce Wolkowitz gallery, to create a site-specific installation of new paintings and sculptures. Titled “Roots,” the the works created exclusively for the showing are all inspired by his family background and life experiences that have made him the person and artist he is today. To highlight this connection, some paintings are named after streets where he lived, worked, or has his studios.
Through layers of paint, plaster, chalk, and the addition of gravel and collage, these heavily textured abstractions serve as urban artifacts preserving the elements of artist’s life. Following its stint at the National YoungArts Foundation in Miami, Jose Parla’s “Roots” exhibition will travel to the SCAD Museum of Art next year. Check out photos of the exhibition above and let us know what you think.
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