Jose Parla: It's Yours by Jose Parla
The monograph It's Yours by Jose Parla is published to accompany the solo museum exhibition of the internationally renowned artist at The Bronx Museum of the Arts in New York City. The new paintings evoke the artist's connection to the Bronx and address the suffering caused by redlining policies, the waves of displacement imposed by gentrification, and structural racism. It's Yours encourages viewers to question ownership in New York's rapidly changing neighbourhoods. The rich building up of surface and Parla's signature gestural line resemble the layers of city walls. The paintings reflect the movement and textures of neighbourhoods, the marks and traces people leave behind, and the energy and challenges of city life. Parla began his art career in the early 1980s painting on walls in Miami, signing his work with the nickname Ease. Supporting himself by designing album covers and concert flyers for hip-hop artists, then he moved to the Bronx. The title, It's Yours is borrowed from a song by the influential Bronx rappers T-La Rock, written by his brother Special K, both who encouraged the listener to take ownership in culture.