José Parlá (American, b. 1973) is an American artist known for his palimpsest-like works. He focuses on transcription and reconfiguration of his experiences to serve as a collection of textually chronicled memories. Using a calligraphic code, the markings of his works appear on backdrops that resemble the distressed surfaces he encounters, like city walls marred from layers of paint, old posters, and years of neglect. Considering himself a storyteller, Parlá presents a leitmotif of an enigmatic narrative, reaching to translate moments that only a visual dialogue can convey.
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