Sunday, May 26, 2013

Artists JR & Jose Parla Bring The Character Of Havana, Cuba To NYC!

International street and graffiti artist JR is everywhere these days.  His work and worldwide projects have recently been seen in New York's Times Square via the "Inside Out" project, the Bernarduad Fine China line and simply all over our city - and the majority of other cities (large and small), everywhere!  One other recent project/exhibit JR was involved in was with American, Cuban born artist Jose Parla with an exhibit at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery in Chelsea for “The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba."  This is part of JR’s ongoing photography project documenting people in a given city who have endured the tests of time and have lines (and character) on their face proving it.

Cuban heritage of the Brooklyn painter Parlá played a large role in this collaborative street art project in Havana during its biennial, adding context to the marked and distressed walls that characterize much of this city.  JR supplies the photographic wheat-pastes and Parla hand paints the color, movement and additional detailing.  The result is stunning, have a look.

First, you'll know you're on the right street as first, you will see this amazing mural on the side of the gallery by the duo.  It's tough to get a great photo as the cabs are lined up at the gas station  right next to it constantly.  But, you get the idea of the size of this masterpiece in reference to the little cab!
The exhibit is on view until July 12, 2013 at Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery at 505-W. 24th St. in Chelsea. Visit: for more information.