The Studio, An Interactive Exhibition by Allan Packer On View: February 6 - March 24, 2024, in the Fechin Studio
Exhibition Reception: Saturday, February 10, 2024, 1-3 PM in the Fechin Studio (RSVP here)
Allan Packer, "Kachina"
36" x 46"
A unique exhibition brings the Fechin Studio to life as Canadian-born Taos artist Allan Packer transforms it into his working studio for this show, inviting the viewer to witness the artist in the act of creation. Bringing with him several easels and blank canvases, a workstation, and other small objects typical of his studio, Packer will be superimposing his studio space into Fechin’s, aiming to complete several works under the same northern window of light that Fechin painted himself.
Upon first visiting Fechin’s studio, its large northern window made an impression on Packer, reminding him of similar architecture prevalent throughout Europe at Fechin’s time, as artists sought to best utilize natural light. Being the “energy source of his studio,” the window will inspire the work Packer will create. The featured painting, “The Studio,” will capture the essence of this distinctive installation of a studio within a studio.
Regarding this exhibition, Packer said, “Installing myself and my work into Fechin’s studio will inherently transform the spirit of Fechin and the studio into the work I produce, paying homage to Nicolai Fechin.”
Packer, an award-winning sculptor and artist, is well known for his painted, shaped canvases, often motorized in kinetic motion. Packer’s work has been exhibited widely, from New York to San Francisco, with his first show in Taos in 1984 planting the seed for his eventual move here. As a participant in a 2011 Mad Art Seattle exhibition titled “Mad Homes,” he took his motorized works to a new level when twelve artists turned five homes slated for demolition into a neighborhood installation. For his contribution, “The Fulcrum of Prescience,” he cut into walls, ceilings, and floors, creating openings for mechanized paintings and sculptures to travel between floors and rooms.
A bit eccentric, his works juxtapose the here and now, and the enigmatic. He said, “My practice as a studio artist combines galactic wonder, cosmology, sociology, mythologies, and scientific exploration to provide the framework for two and three-dimensional paintings. The acrylic and oil on canvas paintings and polychromed carvings address the evolution of our species, referencing themes of existence and post-existence. The art objects themselves become artifacts depicting what was at the dated moment - a critical juncture of material, thought, time, and space. Themes include Hollywood pop culture, space exploration agencies, news events, natural elements, and their surroundings. The artifacts of these topics provide the components in the composition of the paintings and sculptures.”
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