Mike Parillo | Reckless Optimism

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  • MP_pussy_worship

    Pussy Worship | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 61cm x 61cm / 24” x 24”

  • MP_never_give_up_1

    Never Give Up 1 | 2012 | Oil and acrylic on canvas | 76cm x 102cm / 30” x 40”

  • MP_love_is_a_trip

    Love Is A Trip | 2012 | Oil and acrylic on canvas | 122cm x 122cm / 48” x 48”

  • MP_nothing_good_comes_easy

    Nothing Good Comes Easy | 2012 | Oil and acrylic on canvas | 122cm x 152cm / 48” x 60”

  • MP_Step_By_Step

    Step By Step | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 61cm x 61cm / 24” x 24”

  • MP_Living_The_Dream

    Living The Dream | 2012 | Oil and acrylic on canvas | 122cm x 122cm / 48” x 48”

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    Don’t Be A Pussy | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 41cm x 41cm / 16” x 16”

  • MP_We_Are_What_We_Think

    We Are What We Think | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 91cm x 91cm / 36” x 36”

  • MP_aloha_bitches

    Aloha Bitches | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 91cm x 91cm / 36” x 36”

  • MP_happily_ever_after

    Happily Ever After | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 61cm x 61cm / 24” x 24”

  • MP_Handle_With_Care

    Handle With Care | 2012 | Oil and acrylic on canvas | 91cm x 91cm / 36” x 36”

  • MP_sink_or_swim

    Sink or Swim | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 61cm x 61cm / 24” x 24”

  • MP_Smoke_and_mirrors

    Smoke & Mirrors | 2012 | Acrylic on canvas | 122cm x 152cm / 48” x 60”

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    Always Darkest Before The Dawn | 2012 | Oil and acrylic on canvas | 122cm x 152cm / 48” x 60”

Mike Parillo | Reckless Optimism
November 10th, 2012 – December 9th, 2012
Opening: November 10th, 2012 | 6 – 9pm

Mike Parillo has spent the last ten years crafting a new language. This language is composed from a style that refines his signature vocabulary of symbols, colors and concepts into a more definite narrative. Reckless Optimism, composed of sixteen new works created in 2012, is a collection of the aesthetic that he has compounded into a mine of hues, shapes, and imagery.

The narrative of the world perceived by the senses that Parillo paints is more than the archetypal tale of success and pitfalls. Referencing a color key that he created exclusively for the series, each burst of color denotes a particular emotion experienced as one grasps or strays from the trajectory that he or she has set for the self to follow. Bright, cloud-like forms obscure the view from the bottom, and slick, shiny forms distort the top, creating a path for the invisible viewer which is hardly navigated but rather is tripped through blindly, tempted by beauty, promises, and an illusory – if not deceitful freedom. Along the way one is guided by equally lurid symbols of wisdom – best seen from midway through a sharp fall off the top of the proverbial mountain.

Parillo’s imagery is best characterized as concentrated mini-modules. Images and compositions are manipulated using his preferred palette of Day-Glo and metallic oil and/or acrylic paints in a whirlwind of small, frenetic brush strokes. Abstractions erupt from various locations in the cluster of each work, occasionally yielding to an appendage of representation and symbolism regarding hope and failure, such as a ladder or a rope. These clusters form surrealistic maps through which visions from the id, the ego and the super-ego are all realized. In a departure from pop surrealism’s effort to make ironic the presence of the unconscious into the conscious, Parillo treats the unconscious and conscious as equals, owning the narrative through a perfect composite of truths.