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This is Western Exhibitions ou r third solo show with JOHN PAROT\, whose poetic investiga tions into gay urban living manifest themselves in vibrant paintings\, coll ages and sculptures\, where psychedelic visions\, personal reflection and W arrior symbols prevail amidst idiosyncratic patterning and geometries. The show opens on Friday\, May 25\, 2012 with a free public reception from 5 to 8pm and will run through June 30\, 2012. Gallery hours are Wednesday throu gh Saturday\, 11am to 6pm and by appointment.

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In John Parot's new show\, "Excavation"\, he further explores his fascination of ancient Egyptian tomb art as well his love of the psychedeli c age. Large-scale works and paintings evoking remnants from a lost burial chamber urge you to focus on their patterns and color\, all the while seduc ing you with their possible histories. His intricate patterns of gouache\, often lovingly painted on smiling disembodied heads\, clipped from fashion and porno mags\, carry both tribal and retro-futuristic connotations. He ha s now enlarged this signature patterning from his often-intimate scale to g reater dimensions\, by painting directly on thick roofing paper. The patter ns become objects in and of themselves and the results\, for the viewers\, are akin to walking into one of Parot's drawings. The new works touch upon psychedelic visions and personal discovery. With his references to tomb art ifacts Parot conjures a more reflective tone\, taking stock of his desires and identity. 

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John Parot's work has been shown at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago\, Jack Hanley Galle ry in San Fransisco\, Locust Projects in Miami\, and Light &\; Sie in Da llas and it has been discussed in BUTT Magazine\, Artcritical\, Beautif ul/Decay\, the Art: 21 blog\, The New Yorker\, Time Out Chicago\, Artnet Ma gazine\, NYFA Quarterly and Art on Paper. His 2010 show at We stern Exhibitions was reviewed in The Chicago Tribune and New City and his 2007 show at Western Exhibitions was named on of the top five shows of the year by New City. Parot is a 2004 recipient of g rants from the Illinois Art Council and Artadia. He received his MFA from t he Maryland Institute College of Art and he lives and works in Los Angeles.

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