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Rey Parla: Borderless


Happy Lucky No. 1 is delighted to present Borderless, an exhibition of unique C-prints by Rey Parlá.  Influenced by painting, photography, and experimental filmmaking, Parlá uses photographic materials to create what he calls “Scratch | Graphs.”  The photographic medium itself is the subject of his work, which combines kinetic painting with photographic techniques. Influenced by such avant-garde artists as Georges Méliès, Man Ray, Len Lye, Stan Brakhage, Tony Conrad, and László Moholy-Nagy, Parlá incorporates various technologies and unconventional materials into his work, remixing concepts from the art historical canons of photography and film.

The gestural lines in Parlá’s work reference his interest in how artists throughout history have drawn lines on the earth, in caves, or on film, ceramics, and computer screens to explore the human body and mind in motion.  Parlá’s concrete abstractions play with the absence of perspective and depth of field. Experimenting with both analogue and digital processes, materials, and tools, Parlá shoots film and paints, scratches, collages, and deconstructs the work to create photographic artifacts that are fluid and open-ended.

Rey Parlá is a Cuban American artist working in photography, painting, and filmmaking.  This is his first solo exhibition in Brooklyn. His “motion-paintings” were included in the 12th Annual Miami International Film Festival: The Avant-Garde Returns. He created a series of Super 8 film documentaries that he hand-painted, edited, and collaged about his brother, José Parlá, and the murals they created in Miami. From 2007 to 2010, Parlá co-produced and was co-director of the travelogue The New Grand Tour, a project exhibited in Hong Kong (2007), Beijing (2008), and at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in New York City (2010).  In May of 2012, Parla served a co-director of photography for the documentary project The Wrinkles of the City: Habana, Cuba, by French artist JR and Jose Parlá.