Rachel Niffenegger & John Parot @ Western Exhibitions

Rachel Niffenegger

Rachel Niffenegger

John Parot, who was featured in our B/D Book 3, and Rachel Niffenegger currently have exhibitions up at Chicago gallery Western Exhibitions./(which, coincidentally enough, also stocks B/D Book 3!) John Parot, with his exhibition “Hobbies,” continues his poetic musings on gay urban living, and focuses in on internet dating to reflect how identity, meaning and love are constructed under the auspices of Web 2.0′s arrow. A multi-hued pie chart displays Facebook-esque likes and dislikes: “hot fudge sundae,” “enough with the man-scarves,” and “no beige!”

Rachel Niffenegger, in Gallery 2, creates sculptures and ephemeral-washed paintings dealing with the grotesque nature of the human body, executed with a hauntingly beautiful hand. Drawing its title from an ancient epitaph, “As you pass by and cast an eye as you are now so once was I,” the exhibition seems to conjure the ghostly spirits from beyond the gravestone she references.


Rachel Niffenegger

Rachel Niffenegger


Rachel Niffenegger

Rachel Niffenegger


Rachel Niffenegger

Rachel Niffenegger


John Parot, "Self-Portrait, Infrared (Detail)." 2010

John Parot, "Self-Portrait, Infrared (Detail)." 2010


John Parot, "Angel, Down We Go Together." 2007

John Parot, "Angel, Down We Go Together." 2007


John Parot, "Spectrum's End." 2010

John Parot, "Spectrum's End." 2010


John Parot, "The Pyre, Page 6." 2006.

John Parot, "The Pyre, Page 6." 2006.


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