• 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.