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Carolanna Parlato, On Becoming

The Phatory
618 East 9th Street, between B and C, 212-777-7922
East Village / Lower East Side
January 14 - February 12, 2006
Reception: Saturday, January 14, 6 - 9 PM
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An exhibition of recent abstract paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Carolanna Parlato.

In Parlato’s works, oozing paint flows interact with biomorphic blips and blobs, creating a dynamic fusion of high-keyed color and subtle surface modulations. Mirroring the tension between the synthetic plasticity of popular culture and a natural, elemental biology, the paintings establish their own particular beauty, filtering gesture through the saturated colors of cartoons. Central to these paintings is the relationship between the quasi-chance process of pouring and the rigor of the control that Parlato exercises over that procedure, a relationship that leaves the works suspended between the indeterminate and the intentional.

After receiving an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute, Parlato’s work was included in Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Her paintings are represented in the Brooklyn Museum, Islip Art Museum, Reader’s Digest and Pfizer Inc.
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