jared packard

     + my bedroom is not
         your bedroom
     + performative skin
     + bemis center     
     + bandage for a bruise

     + recent work
     + less recent work

     + opulence
     + ditch seed
     + public assembly
     + SISSI
     + stumble chicago
     + unLOCK
     + (re)flex space
     + ReTooled

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Jared Packard’s practice straddles studio-based artmaking and curatorial work. His paintings and installations comprise of raw canvas and collaging techniques, including grommets and sewing, which act as sheilds and bandages to offer guarded glimpses into vulnerability and brokenness. His painted gestures seek to register moments of intimacy and examine the politics of identity performance.  Drawing from personal experiences of addiction and being HIV-positive, Packard’s paintings embrace stigma and flaw as poetic modes of constructing self. As a curator, Packard coordinates exhibitions that interrogate power structures that regulate and control marginalized communities.

Jared Packard (b. 1989) is an artist and curator who has held positions at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL, and International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC.  Packard completed his BA at Clark University and his MFA at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has curated Opulence: Performative Wealth and the Failed American Dream, Bemis Center, Omaha; the NEA-funded unLOCK: Merging Art and Industry, Lockport, IL; the nationally traveling exhibition, ReTooled: Highlights from the Hechinger Collection; and (Re)Flex Space, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL. He has shown at the Salina Art Center, Salina KS; Project Project, Omaha, NE; ADDS DONNA, Chicago, IL; Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL; Centre International d’Art Contemporain, Pont-Aven, France; Hillyer Art Space, Washington, D.C.

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