Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Please join Western Exhibitions at ART LA

Please join Western Exhibitions at ART LA, the New Los Angeles International Contemporary Art Fair, taking place at the Barker Hangar at the Santa Monica Airport, January 23 - 25 2009. More information here:

Western Exhibitions will show a solo presentation by JOHN PAROT.

John Parot's collages and drawings draw on examples of the feral in gay urban life: impulsivity, debauchery, promiscuity, and the dynamic between predator and prey in sexual encounters. Parot embellishes handsome male faces clipped from fashion and porn magazines with intricate patterns of gouache and ink 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.

John Parot's most recent solo show at Western Exhibitions in Chicago was named on of the top five shows of the year by New City and he will soon have a show at Light & Sie in Dallas. His work has been discussed in the Art: 21 blog, The New Yorker, Time Out Chicago, Artnet Magazine, NYFA Quarterly and Art on Paper. Parot is a 2004 recipient of grants from Artadia and the Illinois Art Council and he recently relocated to Los Angeles. See examples of his work here: http://westernexhibitions.com/parot/index.html

Western Exhibitions will also have new work on hand by JOHN NEFF and GEOFFREY TODD SMITH. See more their work here: