Jane South  |  John Sparagana

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CTRL gallery is pleased to present solo exhibitions of new works by Jane South and John Sparagana.

Jane South was included in CTRL gallery's inaugural exhibition, CTRL group one, and now returns to Houston with an exciting new body of work. Her mischievous wall-based sculptures, described by the LA times as "terrifically playful and formally mature", resemble complex machines and suggest noirish industrial applications. Made entirely of hand cut and folded paper, these three-dimensional collages strike a perfect three-way balance between whimsy, menace and logic.
South has had numerous reviews of her work in publications including Artforum International, Art in America, ArtNews, the New York Times and Sculpture Magazine, among others. Her work was recently included in the exhibition "Burgeoning Geometries" at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Altria. She is represented by Spencer Brownstone Gallery, New York City and Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles. South lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

John Sparagana's complex new works on paper begin with a single found magazine image. After compiling 10, 20 sometimes 60 copies of these images produced for speedy consumption, Sparagana undertakes a labor intensive and meditative process. This process begins with the physical breaking down of the printed images (sitting on an airplane, crumpling and un-crumpling pictures). Next comes the clinical dissection and re-assembly of the flattened images into an expanded 'master image'. Using a combination of razors, rulers and archival adhesive backing, Sparagana mimics the mechanics of digital pixilation, usually introducing a few sheets of reflective Mylar 'interference'.
Sparagana lives and works in Houston and Chicago and is Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing at Rice University, Houston. He is represented in New York by Priska Juschka Fine Art and is currently collaborating with Amsterdam based Art Writer, Mieke Bal, on a University of Chicago Press publication, due Fall 2008.