Carolanna Parlato: A Delicate Balance

Carolanna Parlato, Beckon, 2015, acrylic and molding paste on canvas, 66 × 72 in
Carolanna Parlato, Beckon, 2015, acrylic and molding paste on canvas, 66 × 72 inches (courtesy of Elizabeth Harris Gallery)

Tom McGlynn reviews the recent exhibition Carolanna Parlato: A Delicate Balance at Elizabeth Harris Gallery, New York. McGlynn writes: "One can see the strong influence of contemporaries ranging from Melissa Meyer to Charles Clough to perhaps even Jonathan Lasker in Parlato’s structural approach to gestural lyricism, a type where marks can retain their separate identities in ensemble with a party of similarly free agents. While Parlato’s spatial presentation is perhaps more spiritually aligned with older precedents like Helen Frankenthaler (whom she has cited as an important influence) and Sam Francis, she actuates a decidedly post-modern, dematerialized relation of gestural form in her work."