Benrubi Gallery presents “Multiplicities,” the gallery’s first solo exhibition by Brooklyn-based a Cuban-American visual artist, Rey Parlá. The opening reception takes place on Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The exhibition, at 521 West 26th Street, Floor #2, is on view through May 12, 2018.
Description: In Multiplicities, Rey Parla blurs the line between the image and the process, between intuition and surprise. The resulting works reflect the viewer’s psyche and the artist’s subconscious. Parla’s work is reminiscent of Lucas Samaras’s scratched Polaroids or Stan Brakhage’s hand-painted films, filled with dynamic fluid forms that continually invite and rebuff identification and interpretation. Parla’s mixed-media approach towards identity and interest in pluralism and doing away with boundaries is evident in works like Shaped By Desire or with Outside Of Time Again from his Kinetic Lumino series.
Some subjects are intensely reworked — manually manipulated, photographed, or altered until the original object is subsumed beneath layers of abstraction. The photographs become object and subject, or, as Parla states: “The works for Multiplicities are the hybrid concrete imprints of my soul and evidence of the passage of time. These created worlds are a reflection of me — self-portraits of my own multiplicity.”
Maintaining a constant aesthetic has not been the aim in creating his mixed-media works and Parla wears his influences on his sleeve. An Ellsworth Kelly – inspired grid of 64 exposed 4 x 5-inch film negatives entitled: You, inhabits the Project Space. In the main gallery, a black-and-white silk-screen transparency mounted onto glow paper is surrounded by silver-gelatin prints, and a large-scale painting. The lines he creates during his process not only scratch and engrave the surface of some of his negatives as he draws with etching tools and past the negative’s emulsion, but also digs deep into the history and future of the medium, challenging our notion of what a photograph actually communicates.