Final Friday: Packard Jennings and Michael Arcega

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Friday, May 28, 2010, 6 p.m.

VENUE: Artists Residency

Packard Jennings is a visual artist who uses humor and interventionist tactics to explore how radical ideology both clashes with, and is absorbed by consumer culture. Working across a wide range of media he portrays fictions of dissent and an absurdist morality through subverted advertising tactics. This has included subverting tactics used by the Lottery, with fake Lottery scratchers and the military, with Special Ops leaflets for reclaiming malls and office parks for use as anarcho-primitivist utopias.

For his public presentation, Packard will present an overview of his works with an emphasis on projects developed during his three-month residency. The public will then be invited to visit his studio and see some of the works in person.

A native of Oakland, California, he received his BA from San Francisco State and his MFA from Alfred University in New York. His work has been shown in Geneva, Turin, Paris, Stuttgart, Madrid, Barcelona, Ljubljana, Vancouver, and across the U.S. He has garnered critical attention across a variety of media, including: Artforum, Playboy, Flash Art, the Believer, New American Painting, the Washington Post, and the front page of the New York Times. He still lives and works in Oakland.

Michael Arcega is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in sculpture and installations. His art, though visual, is largely inspired by language and jokes. He utilizes comedic strategies and tactics to express darker global issues stemming from asymmetrical power dynamics. Born in Manila, Philippines, his family immigrated to Southern California when he was ten. He received his BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute and his MFA at Stanford University. Michael resides in San Francisco and is currently a Graduate Fellow at the Headlands Center for the Arts.

His work has been seen in exhibitions nationally and internationally. His solo shows include the de Young Museum, San Francisco; Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego; The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu; Marx & Zavattero, SF; and Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, NY. Arcega has enjoyed residencies at the De Young Art Center in San Francisco, 18th St. Art Center in Santa Monica, and Headlands Center for the Arts in Sausalito. Recently, He was awarded the Joan Mitchell MFA award and is looking forward to a solo exhibition at Steve Turner Contemporary in March 201.

Both artists will talk about their work in the Commons at the residency and then the audience will be invited to visit their individual studios.

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