PACKER SCHOPF GALLERY
....FOUR MORE

February 18, - March 1, 2005
....FOUR MORE
Four More Artists, Four More Walls
David Gracie, Joel Hilgenberg, Jason Lahr & Christopher Skura


Four More.... (Gallery Two)
....Four More (four more artists, four more walls )


                 
Christopher Skura

     

           

           
Joel Hilgenberg

     
Jason Lahr

           
David Gracie

           

David Gracie

- Through the process of repetition David Gracie displays the impossibility of objectivity in realist painting. This work is part of a series exploring the relationship of the subject and object. Gracie's captivating "duplication" of eighteen small oils depicting a single red top, shows a mastery of subject that subtly understates color variation and figure placement between the paintings. Gracie's dark renditions illustrate an intimate perspective of this child's toy.

Joel Hilgenberg

- Joel Hilgenberg maximizes the use of ink in these unique references to his work as a tattoo artist. These images boast of Japanese influences, while gracing the pieces with modern imagery and splashes of color. Also on display are a series of envelopes the artist elaborately designed with block prints and ink drawings. The ephemeral nature of envelopes is juxtaposed against the solidity and permanence of tattoo artistry. Ink lends continuity between the block prints and tattoos showcasing Hilgenberg's unique style.

Jason Lahr

- An author of dark comedies, Jason Lahr bases his work on images from the media he absorbs. Distinctly two-dimensional backgrounds create elegantly simple storyboards for the appropriated imagery displayed. Each visual becomes a comical statement as morbid or absurd text is thrown into the mix. This union sheds light on the comical fantasies of our media rich lives.

Christopher Skura

- Organics and geometrics explode from their frames in this captivating series by Christopher Skura. Each piece is comprised of a jumbled grid of shapes permeating the dark and intricate foregrounds suspended over them. These striking drawings are manifestations of isolation and interaction in our technologically driven society.





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