Monday, December 11, 2017

REB reviews Joseph Parra

Joseph Parra usually complicates his subjects face in a way that changes these human figures into abstracted forms surrounded by unrelenting clean white spaces. He doesn’t stick to one medium, he bounces off digital printing, printmaking, drawing, charcoal and painting. While looking at his digital art, his editing process is extreme. He double prints on archival paper and a piece of the photo are cut, bent and folded into three dimension forms while the surround areas are left unmarked and are unapologetically exposed. He is challenging usual portraiture, he expels the physical features of a person and reveals layers to reflect varied constructs of what it is to be human. This technique pulls the viewer in yet the abstraction and concealment of the faces create space between the subject and the viewer.

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