• Installation view

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: Kennedy Brothers
    2013
    archival inkjet prints with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    64 x 98 inches

  • Installation view

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: The Revolutionaries
    2013
    archival inkjet prints with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    58 x 92 inches

  • Installation view

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: Times Square Crowd
    2013
    fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    20 x 32 inches

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: The Street 1
    2013
    fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    19 1/2 x 28 inches

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: Kennedy Brothers 1
    2012
    fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    20 x 31 3/4 inches

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: Same Sex
    2013
    fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    19 1/2 x 30 1/2 inches

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: Situation Room
    2013
    archival inkjet prints with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    20 3/4 x 31 1/4 inches

  • Installation view

  • Installation view

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: Mercenary 2
    2013
    fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    20 x 31 3/4 inches

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: The Street (mirror)
    2013
    archival inkjet prints with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, diptych
    67 1/4 x 50 3/8 inches (left); 67 1/4 x 49 1/2 inches (right)

  • John Sparagana
    Crowds & Powder: Tahrir Square
    2013
    magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper
    20 1/2 x 33 inches


PRESS RELEASE

 

Corbett vs. Dempsey is pleased to announce three simultaneous solo exhibitions: Arturo Herrera, Books; John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder; and Jackie Saccoccio, Portraits.

Crowds & Powder represents John Sparagana’s second exhibition with Corbett vs. Dempsey, building on the momentum of 2011′s Between the Eyes, as well as recent shows in Berlin and Zürich.  Deploying an intense and deliberative process of breaking down and rebuilding magazine pages, Sparagana’s incredible works require another term than “collage,” as they continue to interrogate the delivery systems of mass media.  With a manual sensibility and the obsessiveness of a digital stutter, this body of works deconstructs the cold, fast read of news magazine spreads, slowing down the viewer’s scan of the image, infusing it with a painterly patina and a post apocalyptic buzz.