PARRA, Il Senso di Colpa
Opening 26 Maggio 2013 18:00, Via Lattanzio 77, 20137 Milan (MI), Italy
Untill 26 Luglio 2013
Galleria Patricia Armocida of Milan is proud to present Il senso di colpa (The Guilt), the second,long-awaited after the 2009 success, solo show by Parra.
The exhibit consists in seven medium-sized canvases, ten watercolors, four black and white drawingsas well as two sculptures.
The guilt the show takes its title from concerns the judgment we give ourselves in every shade of our life: work, everyday relationships.
Originally from southern Holland, first considered a cult artist by graphic designers, in the last years Parra landed to important international galleries and museums, such as San Francisco MOMA.Parra is an artist with a myriad of talents: illustrator, graphic designer, creator of Rockwell by Parra Clothing and musician in Le Le. Parra is known to lovers of his illustrations for the themes and motifs which have become unmistakable and distinctive trademarks of his style: flat, highly saturated colors, vibrant typographic hand-drawn letters, and worlds inhabited by hybrid, bizarre, surreal characters.
Men with bird heads, fleshy and voluptuous women with round sensual bodies, mixed with texts and themes rangingfrom sarcastic and introspective, to ironic and bold, all the way to nonsensical.
Piet Janssen "Parra" (born in 1976) lives and works in Amsterdam. Son of an artist, once part of the early nineties skate scene, he began his career as a self-taught artist by hand drawing graphics and type for album covers of underground groups and posters/flyers for clubs. His silkscreen posters of silhouettes with thick outlines, flat colors, and amusing texts, have rendered his style easily recognizable. Esteemed and popular in the independent scene in the beginning, he then quickly became one of the most recognized, creative, and eclectic illustrators worldwide. Important clothing brands have recruited Parra to customize limited edition products, his hands have illustrated important ad campaigns, his works have been shown in various solo exhibitions in Europe and in the USA.
Some of his more recent solo exhibits: No Work Today, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, 2016; Juxtapoz x Superflat, Pivot Art + Culture, Seattle, 2016; Summer Mixer, Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, 2016; I Can't look at your Face Anymore, Ruttkowski: 68, Cologne, 2016; Salut, Alice Gallery, Brussels, 2015; Yer so Bad, Jonathan Levine, New York, 2015; Same Old Song, HVW8, Los Angeles, 2014; Tracy had a Hard Sunday, Jonathan Levine Gallery, New York City, USA, 2013; Kind Regrets, HVW8 Gallery, Los Angeles, USA, 2012; Weirded Out, SF MOMA, San Francisco, 2012; The Amsterdam Show, Common Gallery, Tokyo, Giappone, 2010; The Disco of Italo, Galleria Patricia Armocida, Milano, 2009; Is that a gun my friend?, HVW8 Gallery Los Angeles, 2009; Boo to the Hoo, Lazy Dog Gallery, Parigi, 2009; Random Tits, Reed Space, New York, 2008; Parrived, Arrive, Miami, 2007; LalaLa, HVW8 Gallery Los Angeles, 2007; Tips And Typo, Kemistry Gallery, Londra, 2005.