From racy FaceBook commentary to dead laptop art, Packer Schopf Gallery’s fall and winter schedule offers clever Chicago exhibitions and shows beyond the gallery walls such as this weekend’s Design Harvest (at Grand Avenue between Damen and Wood) where the gallery will have a booth featuring boats, planes, cannons, and a motorcycle made of recycled metals by Tom McDonald.
“Design Harvest [on October 1 and 2] will be fun,” predicts gallery owner Aron Packer. “Tom McDonald has a great blue collar approach to his artwork. He’s been working this way for 20 years. Steampunk is the term of the moment but McDonald was Steampunk before the word was even coined.”
Other external gallery events include Michael Dinges‘s Dead Laptops which will be on display at Tekserve in New York from October 15 to November 22, 2011. “This event is super exciting for us,” continues Packer. “Tekserve is a huge computer store in New York City, near the galleries in Chelsea so there’s great crossover.”
From December 1 to 4, 2012, the gallery will exhibit the work of artists Matthew Cox, Brian Dettmer, and Betsy Stirratt in Pulse Miami. Packer Schopf Gallery will also show a Pulse Miami Preview of Brian Dettmer’s altered books from November 4 to 19, 2011. “Brian Dettmer is the biggest artist we show at the moment,” explains Packer. “He has work in a London gallery that is representing Damien Hirst, Swoon and Banksy.”
From November 4, 2011 to January 7, 2012, the gallery will show Chris Bathgate’s New Machined Works and Kathy Halper’s Friend Me. “Chris and Kathy will be a great addition to the show,” sites Packer. “Chris does the best machined metal work I have ever seen. And Kathy has some great controversial work based on FaceBook pictures mixed with semi-racy commentary.”
David Gillanders’s Maps will be on display at the gallery from December 9, 2011 to January 7, 2012. “Gillanders does some great color field abstract paintings,” notes Packer. “We don’t do too much abstraction here so if I choose someone, they must be good.”
Packer is also partnering with Joanna Rosenthal, artistic director of Same Planet Different World Dance Theatre (SPDW) on their annual Meet, Greet and See event, which will take place at the gallery from 6:00 to 9:00 pm on October 6, 2011. The fundraiser features wine, hors d’oeuvres and a sneak preview of SPDW’s new work. Tickets to this event are available at www.spdwdance.org or by calling 773-550-6533.
Packer Schopf Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11:00 am to 5:30 pm. Opening art receptions fall on the first night of the exhibition, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm at the gallery, located on 942 West Lake Street in Chicago. For more information, call 312-226-8984 or visit www.packergallery.com.