17 to December 15, 2007
all three galleries:
November 17 to December 15, 2007
November 17, 5 to 8pm
Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm
Exhibitions presents Biological Exuberance, an exhibition
of new works on paper and sculptural installations by Chicago-based
artist, John Parot. The artist borrowed the
title of his exhibition from Bruce Bagemihl’s book of the same
name, an investigation of homosexual behavior among animals.
Parot, however, focuses on examples of the feral in gay urban life:
impulsivity, debauchery, promiscuity, and the dynamic between predator
and prey in sexual encounters.
his recent collages, Parot embellishes handsome male faces clipped
from fashion and porn magazines with intricate patterns of gouache
that carry both tribal and retro-futuristic connotations. Only
eyes, mouths, and occasional hairdos remain, peering out from behind
the mask-like facades of Parot’s gouache work. The tribe
of masked heads hunts through abstract landscapes painted in a garish
palette of blood red, hot pink, and matte black. Although abstracted,
the landscapes allude to caves, spider webs, and other symbols of
danger and capture.
of sculptural installations assembled from the detritus of gay nightlife
provide an allusive environment for the works on paper. Liquor
bottles, diet cokes, tools of the trade, and other objects, decorated
by Parot’s voracious hand, combine into tableaus reminiscent
of both allegorical still lives and ritual caches.
is John Parot’s second show at Western Exhibitions and his first
utilizing all three of the gallery’s exhibition spaces. His
work will be shown concurrently in a group show, Thinking in Color,
curated by Judy Ledgerwood at the Lemberg Gallery in Detroit. He has
had solo shows at Bellwether (then in Brooklyn), Van Harrison Gallery
(then in Chicago) and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and
has been included in group shows at Mixture Contemporary in Houston,
Jack Hanley Gallery in San Francisco, Locust Projects in Miami and
Bucketrider, Bodybuilder & Sportsmen and Gallery 400 (all in Chicago).
His work has been reviewed in The New Yorker, Time Out Chicago,
Artnet Magazine,, NYFA Quarterly and Art on Paper.
Parot is a 2004 recipient of grants from the Illinois Art Council
and Artadia. John lives and works in Chicago.