John Sparagana Between the Eyes

March 18, 2011 - April 30, 2011

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John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #7, WW2 Soldiers Pacific Landing/Frank Stella, ‘Tomlinson Court Park,’ 1959, Andy Warhol, ‘Flowers,’ 1964, Frank Stella, ‘Die Fahne Hoch,’ 1959


2010
sliced & mixed inkjet prints and oil pastel on paper
62 x 46 inches

John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #9: Teddy Kennedy Funeral/Andy Warhol ‘Flowers,’ 1964


2010-2011
sliced & mixed inkjet prints & oil pastel on paper
21 x 31 3/4 inches

John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #6, Afghanistan Citizens, American Soldier/Andy Warhol ‘Flowers,’ 1964


2010
sliced & mixed inkjet prints and oil pastel on paper
59 3/4 x 44 1/4 inches

Installation view

John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #1: South Korean Demonstration Police Crackdown/Ellsworth Kelly, ‘Falcon Study,’ 1959

2010

sliced & mixed inkjet prints and oil pastel on paper

59 3/4 x 44 inches

John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #2: Pakistani Lawyers Protest/Ellsworth Kelly, ‘Two Panels, Black and White,’ 1955-58

2010

sliced & mixed inkjet prints and oil pastel on paper

63 x 46 3/4 inches

Installation view

John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #5: Post Earthquake Haiti/Frank Stella, ’Die Fahne Hoch,’ 1959, Hélio Oiticica,Metesquema,’ 1958


2010
sliced & mixed inkjet prints and oil pastel on paper
58 1/4 x 88 inches

Installation view

John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #3: Post Earthquake Haiti/Frank Stella, ‘Arundel Castle,’ 1959, Helio Oiticia, ‘Metesquema,’ 1958


2010
sliced & mixed inkjet prints and oil pastel on paper
58 1/4 x 43 3/4 inches

John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #8: Afghanistan Citizens, American Soldier, Military Transport Vehicle/Helio Oiticica,‘Metesquema,’ 1957 (three times)
2010
sliced & mixed inkjet prints and oil pastel on paper
58 1/4 x 87 3/4 inches

John Sparagana

Untitled BTE #4: Haitian Mother And Children/Hélio Oiticica, ‘Metesquema,’ 1957


2010
sliced & mixed inkjet prints and oil pastel on paper
59 7/8 x 43 7/8 inches

John Sparagana

Der Spiegel 21-10-10
2010
fatigued, sliced, and mixed magazine pages on paper
48 x 36 inches

John Sparagana

DS 14-8-09
2010
fatigued, sliced, & mixed magazine pages on paper
21 x 16 inches

John Sparagana

Untitled
2009
fatigued and sliced magazine pages on paper
20 x 16 inches

Exhibition billboard, with image of

Untitled BTE #9: Teddy Kennedy Funeral/Andy Warhol ‘Flowers,’ 1964


Press Release

In his first solo show at Corbett vs. Dempsey, John Sparagana presents a startling new body of work as hard-hitting as it is subtle, rich, and elegant. Between the Eyes extends Sparagana’s longstanding practice of intervening in media images. The eight new pieces presented are large-scale – the size of hefty paintings – and all use a complex system of cutting, interdigitating, and interrupting magazine page images, opening up a profoundly revealing, deeply poetic new vision. Each piece grapples with the informational content of a news image, slicing and dicing and further pummeling it; the image is then overlayed with another one drawn from the canon of pop and post-minimal abstraction. Scenes from Haiti and Afghanistan jostle with shapes and forms from Helio Oiticica, Frank Stella, Ellsworth Kelly, and Andy Warhol. Sparagana is a well-known figure in Chicago and beyond.

A book on his work, Sleeping Beauty , with an extensive essay by art historian Mieke Bal, was published by University of Chicago Press in 2008.


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