Aron Packer Gallery presents an exhibition of artists whose work ranges from
narrative woodcut printing, to video, to sculptural garments. The pieces in
this exhibition vary in media and specific subject matter, but all of them
strive to get their viewers to reexamine both their notions of what our
current cultural context truly means as well as their individual roles
within that context.
Though social awareness and art are never at great length from one another,
politically charged artwork is returning to the forefront of the art scene
in abundance. A new surge of this genre of work emerges in an equally
politicized landscape. At a crucial political turning point for both the
United States and the rest of the world, this resurgence is not only a
comment on current events but an exploration into our collective political
history as well as an insight into the future.
Brian Dettmer- Through the use of sound technology, Dettmer alters the
prerecorded words of George W. Bush in order for the audience to reexamine
the messages behind the voice of
our current leadership.
Tom Huck- Huck’s woodcuts combine complex composition and dark humor to
satirize American culture, often specifically the culture of his hometown of
Sean Sorensen- Self-named as “a cynic that owns a television,” Sorensen uses
traditional Middle Eastern garments (burqas) made from American materials
(denim) or embellished with American symbols (i.e. McDonald’s logo) in order
to comment on the increasing Americanization of the Middle East.
Freise Undine- Undine’s large scale installation using propaganda style
portraits of world leaders addresses the nature of power and leadership in
contemporary international politics.
Jim Bachor, Matthew Cox, Mark Crisanti, Laura Davis, Brian Dettmer,
Gary Dobry, Hank Feeley, Lora Fosberg, Vesna Grbovic, Hannah Hagstrom
Hagman, Michael Hernandez De Luna, Fredrick Holland, Tom Huck, Jung Eun Lee,
Tom McDonald, Adam Pincus, Erin Riley, Jenny Roberts, Doug Smithenry, Sean
Sorenson, Michael Thompson, Friese Undine, Ron Villani, Bill Woolf