John Sparagana Reads the News

Exhibition Review

  • "John Sparagana: Crowds and Powder"

  • Corbet vs. Dempsey, Chicago
  • 13 Dec 2013 - 25 Jan 2014

News photographs permeate our visual environment—a morning read of the newspaper, a commuter’s view of tiny tumbnails on an iPhone while on the train, a lunch break spent scanning newsfeeds on the computer. Approaching John Sparagana’s exhibition “Crowds and Powder,” I immediately recognized the source material and felt as if it were part of my media routine: Tahrir Square, a terrorist act, John F. Kennedy, a woman crying. It felt like a visual game of Trivial Pursuit. On closer inspection, however, Sparagana’s work complicates the reflexive consumption of news images.

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