Opening at Packer Schopf Gallery
Michael Dinges / Victoria Fuller / Geoffry Smalley / Karen Savage
Reception Friday, June 6th    5 - 8 PM

Michael Dinges / Object Permanence / sculpture
“Object permanence” is the understanding that objects continue to exist even when they cannot be observed. In our increasingly digitized culture, established behaviors and societal norms are under constant assault by accelerating technological development. Is the pace of this development outstripping our ability to soberly cope with the changes that confront us?

A full-sized replica of a whaling boat hangs from the ceiling, fabricated of vinyl home siding and engraved with images and text exploring the intertwined stories of labor, consumerism and the environment. This is the focus point,along with new engraved work from the Dead Laptop Series, engraved ipod light sculptures, and more. Dinges works primarily in the tradition of the 19th century sailor’s art of scrimshaw and the soldier’s folk art style of trench art in order to explore the legacy of the industrial revolution and its effects on society.

Michael Dinges received his Bachelors degree from the Art Center College of Design in 1982 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University ofChicago in 2005. He has exhibited in both solo and group exhibitions in Chicago, Detroit, New York and Miami as well as Vancouver B.C. He received an Artists Fellowship Award from the Illinois Arts Council as well as a residency at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center Arts/Industry Program.

Victoria Fuller / Nature² / painting and sculpture
Victoria Fuller’s sculpture explores nature from all angles – underground, above ground, outer space and inner space. In a new exhibition at Packer Schopf Gallery, Fuller offers a multilayer investigation of environmental systems. Aptly titled Nature², Fuller’s collections of sculptures alternately depict organic and manmade structures, illustrating both nature’s abundance and the dire consequences of human interference. Figurative representations of untouched flora and fauna juxtapose ecological carelessness and exploitation. For example, the hibernating chipmunks of Deep Down starkly contrast Factory Farm’s caged chickens. Viewed as a collection, Fuller’s artwork simultaneously examines nature’s inherent harmony and the human tendency to control it.

Victoria Fuller is a Chicago sculptor, painter, and natural science illustrator who has exhibited in galleries, museums, and public spaces across the United States. Fuller is best known for Shoe of Shoes, a large shoe-shaped public sculpture comprised of thousands of aluminum high-heels in front of Brown Shoe Company.

Geoffry Smalley / Past Time / altered paper and works on paper
Smalley’s current work points and jabs at the world of American Sport, challenging ideas of The Hero, of exuberance, opulence and gluttony, and utopian nationalism. Making subtle interventions through drawing and painting into existing imagery, Smalley presents parallels between American development and the rise of big money professional American Sport. Some examples: A contemporary baseball stadium is inserted into a Hudson River landscape and an overlaying lacy ornate battle armor is drawn over an image of a triumphant athlete.

Geoffry Smalley was born and raised in Chicago, where he lives and works as an art conservator and should be in the 16” softball hall of fame. He has had one-person exhibitions at the Tarble Art Center at Eastern IllinoisUniversity and Gescheidle Gallery, as well as group exhibitions at the Believe Inn, Evanston Biennial, I Space, 40,000, Gallery 312, Peter Miller Gallery, The Contemporary Art Workshop and others.

Karen Savage / The Widow / scanned collage
A series of scanned collages dealing with depression and healing. Savage is most well known for photograms of dresses, linens, and doll clothing, Savage uses magazine pages of faces of models from advertising, and used no scissors for this detour. The end result looks a bit like a ransom note with no words. This is an in your face exhibition, pun intended. Karen Savage is an artist living in Oak Park. Recently retired from teaching at the Art Institute for over thirty years, she continues to be driven to create work. Savage has show internationally and is in many private collections. She has received numerous grants and awards.

Packer Schopf Gallery presents Swing Set Drum Kit by Dave Ford

At the 10th Annual Guerrilla Truck Show
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
5:30 - 9:30 PM
1052 West Fulton Market
Chicago, IL 60607

Dave Ford will be featured with a participatory kinetic sculpture, Swing Set Drum Kit. SSDK is an interactive sonic sculpture encouraging kids and adults to build rhythmic sounds through their swinging. Three swings activate large colorful wheels that trigger multiple drumsticks, striking percussive instruments.

One's realization that the sounds are directly related to their swinging is the foundation of the piece. Further exploration of the participant's pace and swinging-stride is immediately translated into varying rhythms, rewarding the curious rider.

Packer Schopf Gallery    942 W. Lake St Chicago, IL 60607

Exhibition Run: June 6 - July 12     Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 11:00am to 5:30pm

Contact Aron Packer at [email protected]    Phone: 312.226.8984    Fax: 312.432.1235