Miguel Angel Rojas & John Sparagana

El Cuerpo Sutil

January 17 - March 6, 2014

John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: Kennedy Brothers 2, 2013. Archival inkjet prints with oil stick and oil paint, sliced and mixed, on paper, 20 3/4 in. x 31 1/4 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: The Revolutionaries 2, 2013. Fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 21 in. x 31 1/2 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: American Soldier and Afghanis, 2013. Archival inkjet prints with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 21 1/2 in. x 31 1/4 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: The Street, 2013. Archival inkjet prints with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 68 in. x 100 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: Times Square Crowd (Geronimo), 2013. Archival inkjet prints with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 56 3/4 in. x 96 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: Afghanistan Heroin, 2013. Fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 19 3/4 in. x 30 1/2 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: The Path to War, 2013. Fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 20 in. x 30 3/4 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: Cairo 1, 2013. Fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 19 3/4 in. x 30 1/4 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: Cairo 2, 2013. Fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 19 3/4 in. x 31 1/4 in.
John Sparagana, Crowds & Powder: Kennedy Brothers 3, 2013. Fatigued magazine pages with oil stick, sliced and mixed, on paper, 19 3/4 in. x 30 1/4 in.
Miguel Angel Rojas, Por Pan, 2013. Braided grass (Agrostis Perenans), recovered from 17th century colonial construction, dimensions variable.
Miguel Angel Rojas, Sin Frio Permanente, 2013.

Press Release

OPENING RECEPTION WITH THE ARTISTS | Friday, January 17, 6 to 8 pm
BOOK SIGNING | Saturday, January 18, 11 am


Sicardi Gallery is pleased to present El Cuerpo Sutil, an exhibition of recent work by Miguel Ángel Rojas and John Sparagana. The show brings together two textile-based installations by Rojas, with Sparagana's hand-fatigued, sliced, painted, and re-mixed media images. Both artists probe the depths of political unrest, the hidden narratives behind objects and images, and the points at which empathy and perception connect. Rojas and Sparagana will be present at the opening reception, from 6-8 pm, Friday, January 17 and at a book signing at 11 am on Saturday, January 18.


MIGUEL ANGEL ROJAS is a conceptual and multimedia artist based in Bogotá. His work has been shown internationally, and is represented in the collections of the Tate Modern, London; Museum of Modern Art, New York; and the Daros Latinamerica Collection, Zürich; among others.


JOHN SPARAGANA is the Grace Christian Vietti Chair in Visual Arts, and Chair of the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts at Rice University. His work has been shown internationally, and is included in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Contemporary Photography, Chicago; and Nelson Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, among others.