JR and José Parlá Show the Wrinkles in Havana at Bryce Wolkowitz

While in New York for his “Inside Out” project, French Street Artist and photographer JR joined with American artist José Parlá to exhibit photos and a couple of new pieces to celebrate their collaborations on walls in Cuba last year. “The Wrinkles of the City, Havana, Cuba” at Bryce Wolkowitz continues in the route of JR’s ongoing photography project documenting people in a given city (Cartagena, Shanghai, LA) who have endured the tests of time and have lines on their face to prove it.

An original piece created for the show by JR and José Parlá for “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The Cuban heritage of the Brooklyn painter Parlá may have helped set the stage for a collaborative Street Art project in Havana during its biennale, adding context to the marked and distressed walls that characterize much of this city, whose mottled textures and subtle color washes in turn add character to the artists work. With his hand painted gestural movements and markings surrounding and anchoring JR’s photographic wheat-pastes, Parlá gives hand-hewn florid kineticism to the poignancy of the proud portraits; a powerful example of storytelling on the street.

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.”  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JJR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.”  Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.”  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.”  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.”  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” Detail. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.” (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: “The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba.”  (photo © Jaime Rojo)

The same image reprised for New York streets currently by JR and José Parlá. (photo © Jaime Rojo)

JR / José Parlá: The Wrinkles of The City, Havana, Cuba is on view until July 12, 2013 at the Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery. Click here for further information.

 

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