Carolanna Parlato: A Delicate Balance

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A Delicate Balance, 2015 Acrylic On Canvas 64" X 84' © Elizabeth Harris Gallery
Carolanna Parlato: A Delicate Balance

529 W.20th St.
New York, NY 10011
January 7th, 2016 - February 13th, 2016
Opening: January 7th, 2016 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 11-6; Summer Hours: July - Tue-Fri 11-6; August - open by appointment



press release


carolanna parlato


a delicate balance


january 7 – february 13, 2016

reception: thursday january 7, 6-8pm


Elizabeth Harris Gallery is pleased to present “a delicate balance” the fourth solo exhibition of works by Carolanna Parlato. The gallery is located at 529 W 20th Street, 6th floor and is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am – 6pm. There will be a reception for the artist on Thursday, January 7 from 6-8pm.


The exhibition "a delicate balance" presents Parlato's latest series of acrylic on canvas paintings.  For Parlato every painting is a new starting point, a platform from which new pictorial solutions can take shape. She draws on her memories and imaginings of color and light. Parlato creates spaces for color; it is both material and subject. Its effects are revealed in the process of seeing and perceiving. Parlato mixes an acrylic paste into her pigment, which allows her to produce paintings with varying degrees of opacity and subtle color shifts. Carolanna Parlato continues in these new works to deepen her focus on the juxtaposition of painterly technique with her sensorial approach to color, light and gesture.


Using brush and palette knife in a spontaneous manner, rejecting and reworking the paint, a many-layered crust forms on the surface of Parlato’s paintings. The various acts of painting, brushing, scraping, pouring and smearing are highly concentrated.  The artist balances the deliberate with the spontaneous, irregular harmonies with moments of resistance. Through this delicate balance, somewhere between chaos and control, the paintings take shape. The viewer can appreciate their tactile materiality up close and follow various traces of movement in the paintings from a distance. Parlato’s new paintings have an open quality that suggests her compositions are constantly in flux.


Carolanna Parlato has exhibited her work in New York and nationally. She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Parlato has been written about in Art in America, the New York Times, the Boston Globe, the Brooklyn Rail, and the New York Sun. Solo exhibitions of her paintings have been shown at the Islip Art Museum, the Phatory (NYC) and Elizabeth Harris Gallery in NYC. Her work was included in the exhibition “Pour” which was organized by Florida Atlantic University and travelled to Asya Geisberg Gallery and the Leslie Heller Workspace, NYC. She has exhibited in numerous exhibitions at venues such as the Hunterdon Art Museum (New Jersey), the Brooklyn Museum, BRIC, the Dedalus Foundation Gallery at Industry City (Brooklyn, NY) OH+T Gallery  (Boston) and Amy Simon Fine Art (Westport, CT). Parlato’s paintings are included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, the Francis Greenburger Collection, Islip Art Museum, Pfizer Inc. and several private collections. She lives and works in her hometown Brooklyn.



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