An Array of Essence
Sculptor Allan Packer responds to the theme Beginnings in a new body of work that examines evolution and plays with natural forms from the small (snail) to the large (solar system).
Envisioning parallel lines of thought, the one we consciously recognize and the actual electro-impulse stimulus that occurs in our body I endeavor to undertake the awareness of the correlation of the minuteness of scale of the snail compared with the infinite scale of the Galaxy.
About the Artist:
Allan Packer was born in 1956 in Windsor Ontario, Canada. After graduating from the University of Windsor, Packer journeyed north to the high arctic community of Cape Dorset with Terry Ryan in 1980. This appointment was to implement a working etching print shop, which became the vibrant and internationally recognized Dorset Fine Arts. There he met Inuit artists Kananginak, Pitseolak and Pudlo Pudlat. Departing the Arctic, Packer traveled to Paris to study with Stanley William Hayter at Atelier 17. Hayter was a scientist and it is here Packer began to experiment with mathematics in his work. The first result of this is A dodecahedron – Time Machine (2007, Kohler Factories, Wisconsin).
In 1986 Packer moved to New York City and began using books as a medium, creating his first sculpture, The Poet, (1988) a portrait of the poet Barbara Barg (above image). Packer then abolished the use of canvas completely and painted with books, creating the piece Forming and Thinking, (1992, Denver Art Museum.)
Leaving New York after 14 years and settling into Seattle, Packer gained recognition for his wry, politically charged, large, cast plastic sculptures, such as The Bride (2000, private collection). This body of work received awards including, two major Canada Council grants, Artist Trust Fellowship and GAP grants including residencies at Kohler Arts/Industry, Banff Centre for the Arts and the International Studio Curatorial Program, New York.
Packer continues to explore ideas of the metamorphosis of biological matter, often using mechanical paintings to represent natural transformation.