Yer So Bad: Dutch Artist Parra’s Solo Show
By Hans Aschim
Dutch artist Pieter Janssen aka Parra knows no boundaries in his work. Spanning the past decade, the Amsterdam-based artist has painted, drawn and sculpted his way into galleries across the world, and partnered with the likes of Nike and Stones Throw while running a successful clothing brand. He also started an old dude-focused skateboard company dubbed Tired and is dabbling in electronic music and video production. This month, Parra brings his sexualized post-pop paintings to NYC’s Jonathan LeVine Gallery with his second solo show at the gallery. "Yer So Bad" is inspired by a particular brand of weirdness incurred in everyday life, with Parra’s color-blocked paintings carrying with them a purposeful lightheartedness. In Parra’s line-heavy world of bold blue and red, eroticism never looked so comically sensible.