Concrete, Paper, Plastic

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! We are very excited to announce Brian Dettmer is flying in from NYC to join Anthony Adcock and Michael Dinges for a gallery talk on Sunday, January 21st at 1PM, followed by a reception till 4 pm. This is the closing event for Concrete, Paper, and Plastic.

The gallery talk will be moderated by Alan Pocaro. The subject of the panel will be LABOR and its relation to ART as a theme, and the labor involved in each respective artist's body of work.

Please RSVP YES for the talk if you plan on attending, so we can order enough chairs please. If you'd like to arrive after 2:30 you can just show up.

Aron Packer Projects at Chicago Gallery News
213 W Institute Place, #309, right near Chicago and Wells (map)
Regular gallery hours / Tuesday – Saturday 11 to 4 pm. 312.649.0064 (call first on weekdays please).

Alan D. Pocaro is an artist, educator, and writer based in Illinois. He is currently Assistant Professor of Printmaking and Foundations at Eastern Illinois University and formerly adjunct faculty at both the Art Academy of Cincinnati and Miami University. Pocaro is associated with the New Aesthetics movement, an informal group of artists and writers who emphasize the physical and material nature of art. A native of Cleveland, Pocaro holds an MFA in Studio Art from Miami University, an MA in Education from the University of Akron, and a BFA in Art History from Ohio University. He regularly contributes art-criticism to NewCity, and his writing has been featured in SmilePolitely, artcritical, AbstractCritical and ART PAPERS, as well as CityBeat.

Anthony Adcock blends his unique experience as a Local One Ironworker, collegiate instructor, and as an artist to create works that focus on the relationship between labor and value. Using hyper representational paintings, illusionistic sculpture, and short films, he distorts the line between reality and perception to question the importance and relevancy of authorship. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Newcity Art, the Examiner, and other publications. His artwork has been collected by 21c Museum, the Lichtenstein family, and many other private collectors, nationally and internationally. Anthony's work has been shown throughout the country in various galleries and venues, some of which have included Packer Schopf Gallery, Lovetts Gallery, Art Miami, Volta/Armory Show, the Union League of Chicago, and many others. He has contributed in performances for artist William Pope.L at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago and at the Whitney Biennial. Currently, Anthony shows with LyonsWier Gallery in New York. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the American Academy of Art with a specialization in oil painting where he is now serving as a full-time faculty member.

Brian Dettmer lives and works in New York. He has been the subject of solo exhibitions at numerous institutions including the Hermann Geiger Foundation, Cecina, Italy, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta, GA and the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, Virginia Beach, VA. His works have been exhibited Internationally in shows at the Museum of Arts and Design, NY; The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC; The Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL; The High Museum, Atlanta, GA; and the Perez Art Museum, Miami, FL among others. Dettmer's sculptures can be found in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, DC; The Art Institute of Chicago Ryerson and Burnham Libraries, IL; The High Museum, GA; and the Yale University Art Gallery, CT. He has lectured at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, UK and The New York Public Library, New York, NY and given a TED talk for the TED Youth Conference in 2014. Dettmer's work has been featured in several publications and programs including The New York Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Chicago Tribune, Art News, Modern Painters, Wired, The Village Voice, Harper's, CBS News and NPR. Brian Dettmer is represented by P•P•O•W Gallery in New York.

Michael Dinges received his Bachelor's degree from the Art Center College of Design in 1982 and his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Chicago 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. Michael 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. By working with the techniques and iconography of these eras, his work explores the contemporary disruptions inherent in the rapid and immense changes that are the hallmarks of our time. These disruptions have radically affected societal behavior and relationships. Through much of his work, Michael asks the questions; is this what you wanted? Are these the results you intended? In addition, how do we orient ourselves in this rapidly changing, dynamic era?

Aron Packer Projects    213 W Institute Place # 309 Chicago, IL 60610

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