Brooklyn based artist Carolanna Parlato explores forms and concepts from the history of art in order to address issues of decoration, materiality and abstraction. Her intensely colored canvases convey a vivid tension between the plasticity of her acrylic medium versus the organic forms that are created through the process of pouring paint onto the surface. Thick, elastic, and super saturated colors are layered upon each other, creating soft protuberances and cavities, bumps and spills, blossoms and body parts. The paintings gain resonance through the process of combining hand drawn shapes and poured forms. Parlato raises questions about the nature of popular culture that streams between synthetic plasticity and organic naturalism. Her riotously colorful biomorphic compositions re-engerize process-based Color field painting tropes with a Pop attitude.
Parlato's paintings have been written about in Art in America, The New York Times, The Boston Globe, Artcritical.com, ArtNews, Two Coats of Paint, The New Criterion and The Brooklyn Rail. 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 Elisabeth Condon and Carol Prusa for the Florida Atlantic University. The show then travelled to the Asya Geisberg Gallery and the Lesley Heller Workspace in NYC. She has exhibited in numerous venues such as the Drawing Center (NYC) Art in General (NYC), White Columns (NYC), Hunterdon Art Museum (New Jersey), the Brooklyn Museum, BRIC, the Dedalus Foundation Gallery at Industry City (Brooklyn, NY) OH+T Gallery(Boston), Scott White Contemporry Art (CA), Sandroni Rey (CA), Fullerton Art Museum (CA), Amy Simon Fine Art (Westport, CT) and Morgan Lehman Gallery (NYC). Parlato’s paintings are included in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, ArtBank Collection, US Dept. of State, Washington, DC, Public Art for Public Schools, NYC, the Francis Greenburger Collection, Islip Art Museum, Pfizer Inc. and several private collections.She received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. In addition, Parlato was a recent nominee for the Anonymous Was A Woman Award.