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Just The Tip

May 30, 2014
Asja Nastasijevic is an Art Historian with the major in Modern Art. She's involved in art writing and criticism for several years now. Art is her passion and writing about it is both work and pleasure. Among modern art movements she loves Fauvism, Abstract Expressionism, and POP ART and her favorite artists are Henri Matisse, Mark Rothko and Andy Warhol. She fell in love with Street Art when she first saw ROA’s Sleepy Pigs in Brussels few years ago. Since then, she devotedly explores this form of artistic expression. She hates when someone asks her whether the street art is a real art. What makes any art a real art? Art is an evolutionary act with constant changes in its performance. In Asja’s opinion, the real art is what you want to hang on the walls of your living room, as simple as that. So she wants to hang the works of Ron English, Gaia and ROA above her TV cabinet or to place the artworks of Mark Jenkins and Isaac Cordal next to her sofa. She enjoys bowling and doodling.

Los Angeles based artist, Mike Parillo currently has his third solo show with the CES Contemporary gallery. Titled Just The Tip, the exhibition implies a new beginning for Parillo. The artists narrative paintings cluster symbolic imagery that reference archetypal stories of success and pitfalls. For Parillo, Just The Tip is a metaphor for the struggle between failure and success. If you want to see Parillo’s metaphor you have until June 21st.

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Mike Parillo – Just The Tip installation view

Snowboarding

Having grown up within the early days of snowboarding lifestyle, Parillo began painting in the 1990s while working as a commercial artist in the action sports industry. His bold inventiveness has greatly contributed to the development of the style of snowboarding. Since he decided to try his hand at painting, Parillo has been crafting his characteristic abstract oeuvre that exudes energy and visuals of snowboarding culture. His distinguishable artistic language is characterized by distinctive narrative motifs and symbols and a striking color palette.

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Mike Parillo – Just The Tip installation view

Neon and Pastel

Mike Parillo’s paintings are executed with frenetic brush strokes in a palette of neon and pastel. However, he executes shapes with precise lines, typical for illustration. Camouflage is a source of fascination for him and he layers several bright patterns over one another in his abstract works. He carefully composes hues as well as imagery. He manipulates abstract forms with intent to obscure the view. Each pattern competes for supremacy, contradicting camouflage’s natural intent to conceal.

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Mike Parillo painting at his studio

About CES Contemporary

CES Contemporary specializes in local and international emerging contemporary art. The gallery pursues and supports the development of young artists. Its mission is to encourage and display works that are progressive, challenging and cutting edge. A multitude of traditional and new media is exhibited at CES Contemporary. Director Carl E. Smith’s particular passion is for multi-layered works with integrity in design and attention to detail. Painting, collage, paper-based, sculpture and installation work are emphasized within the gallery’s regular programming schedule.