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Provisioning / Exhibition Catalogue / 6 - 24 November 2010 / Milford Galleries Dunedin / www.milfordgalleries.co.nz

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  • Milford Galleries Dunedin18 Dowling Street (03) 477 7727 [email protected]

    6th - 24th November, 2010

    www.milfordgalleries.co.nz

    JENNA PACKERProvisioning

  • 1. JENNA PACKER, Carnival (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 762 x 1015 x 37 mm

  • 1. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Carnival (2010)

  • 2. JENNA PACKER, Anniversary Day (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 761 x 1015 x 32 mm

  • 2. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Anniversary Day (2010)

  • 3. JENNA PACKER, Supply Lines (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 916 x 1120 x 32 mm

  • 3. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Supply Lines (2010)

  • 4. JENNA PACKER, The Engagement (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 557 x 709 x 37 mm

  • 4. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, The Engagement (2010)

  • 5. JENNA PACKER, The Incident (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 558 x 709 x 37 mm

  • 5. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, The Incident (2010)

  • 6. JENNA PACKER, Quadrille (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 558 x 710 x 37 mm

  • 6. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Quadrille (2010)

  • 7. JENNA PACKER, Rescue of the Good Fortune (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 559 x 712 x 37 mm

  • 7. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Rescue of the Good Fortune (2010)

  • 8. JENNA PACKER, Pataka (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 558 x 710 x 37 mm

  • 8. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Pataka (2010)

  • 9. JENNA PACKER, Souvenir (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 557 x 710 x 37 mm

  • 9. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Souvenir (2010)

  • 10. JENNA PACKER, Clearing (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 760 x 1015 x 32 mm

  • 10. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Clearing (2010)

  • 11. JENNA PACKER, Provisioning (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 760 x 1013 x 32 mm

  • 11. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Provisioning (2010)

  • 12. JENNA PACKER, Orokonui High Tide (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 759 x 1014 x 32 mm

  • 12. DETAIL VIEW JENNA PACKER, Orokonui High Tide (2010)

  • 13. JENNA PACKER, Beached (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 403 x 508 x 37 mm

  • 14. JENNA PACKER, Freshwater (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 355 x 455 x 37 mm

  • 15. JENNA PACKER, Downstream (2010), acrylic on canvas, stretcher (v x h x d): 355 x 458 x 37 mm

  • Sailing ships, war air-balloons, waka, aeroplanes, blimps, Chinese junks and dragon

    flies take to the skies and sea, on the search for new and abundant lands;

    provisioning. Jenna Packer reflects on history by creating a painted world, perhaps

    fantastical, of another dimension.

    Amidst vast oceans, pataka (storehouses on posts) offer sustenance to the pioneers,

    on their long journeys to the unknown. These could be looked upon as marker posts,

    supply routes, also doubling for the airship docking mast or WWII warning system

    radar towers. They act as points along the way, to stop, reflect, and renew before

    carrying on the journey (both physical and psychological).

    Oil rigs stand elegantly, like unfinished Eiffel Towers amidst vast ocean - a monument

    of the industrial age, with so much promise, yet at what cost?

    Landforms appear in a number of the works, familiar, and recognisable as the

    shapes and forms around Otagos peninsular. Sailing ships and waka travel across

    water, weaving their way through wild and untamed bush in the work Provisioning,

    looking for shoreline in which to dock. A single tuft of smoke looms over the dark

    trees, someone has already claimed their piece of the land. Is this a history that is

    only now being recorded - a snippet of time forgotten amongst historical accounts

    of grandeur?

    Two waterways meet in Orokonui High Tide, generating an abundance of provisions. Land has been cleared, trees are felled, and figures fish in the waist deep waters.

    Land has also been domesticated in Clearing and Beached, where fires burn and

    huts are erected. By picturing a past, Packer comments about our future; we are

    always in search for the next discovery, changing the environment to suit our needs,

    but what happens when we run out of provisions? Or when the natural environment

    is so manipulated it can no longer be cultivated? Or when there is nowhere new to

    go?

    Jenna Packers delicate and detailed works have an illustrative quality that at times

    crosses the boundaries between painting and drawing. The old world colours speak

    of the past yet the themes and ideas within her subject matter opens dialogues

    about provisioning that affect us in our contemporary world and as we look towards

    the future.

  • All prices are NZD and include GST; Prices are current at the time of the exhibition

    E X H I B I T I O N P R I C E L I S T

    1 Carnival (2010) 3,750

    2 Anniversary Day (2010) 3,750

    3 Supply Lines (2010) 4,000

    4 The Engagement (2010) 2,250

    5 The Incident (2010) 2,250

    6 Quadrille (2010) 2,250

    7 Rescue of the Good Fortune (2010) 2,250

    8 Pataka (2010) 2,250

    9 Souvenir (2010) 2,250

    10 Clearing (2010) 3,750

    11 Provisioning (2010) 3,750

    12 Orokonui High Tide (2010) 3,750

    13 Beached (2010) 2,000

    14 Freshwater (2010) 1,750

    15 Downstream (2010) 1,750

  • Jenna Packer 2010 CV Milford Galleries Dunedin www.milfordgalleries.co.nz

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    JENNA PACKER lives Waitati

    Carnival (2010)

    Jenna Packer paints metaphorical and alternate histories commenting on journeys of discovery, evolution, the survival instinct of escape, fragility and the endless possibilities of life. Jenna Packer draws on a lifelong interest in history and the telling of it, and in image making. "I am looking at the past in order to find some clues to what is happening, what to expect and how to live it. This is not just in painting but reading, conversations, thoughts. I keep returning to the period of the 1930s and to the exodus of people across Europe at the onset on WWII. I want to affirm the fragility and the possibility of life, but the dark shadows which have been in the background (sometimes as zeppelins or parachutes) keep encroaching further into the pictures." (1) Jenna Packer is a graduate from the Ilam School of Fine Arts. A painter, printmaker and illustrator she has exhibited in New Zealand, France and Japan. (1) Jenna Packer, Artist Statement (2009)

  • Jenna Packer 2010 CV Milford Galleries Dunedin www.milfordgalleries.co.nz

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    JENNA PACKER lives Waitati

    EDUCATION

    1996-97(3months total) La Rouelle Studio (printmaking), France 1996 (July) The Slade School of Art (Fresco), London 1995 Otago Polytechnic School of Couture (Couture), Dunedin 1992 (March May) Glasgow Print Workshop (printmaking), Glasgow 1989 BA (History) (First-Class Honours), University of Canterbury, Christchurch

    1988 Bachelor Fine Arts, Ilam School of Art, Christchurch

    SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS

    2010 Provisioning, Milford Galleries Dunedin 2009 A History of Flight, Milford Galleries Dunedin

    2008 Plant, Gallery on Blueskin, Waitati 2007 The Island, Solander, Wellington 2006 The Island, Milnes Court Gallery, Port Chalmers 1995 Imprints, Ground Essence, Dunedin 1994 Moroccan Notebook, Ground Essence, Dunedin

    Etchings (solo), Ground Essence, Dunedin

    SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

    2009 Southern Landscape, milford galleries queenstown 2008 Etched in Memory, PaperGraphica, Christchurch

    Opening, Gallery on Blueskin, Waitati

    2007 The Paper Show, The Artists Room, Dunedin Spring Exhibition, Andersons Park Art Gallery, Invercargill

    The Knowne Worlde Illuminated, Salisbury House Art Gallery, Dunedin Impressed Atatoi, Wairarapa Museum of Art and History, Masterton

    2006 10, The Print-makers Studio, Dunedin 1997 Fte de Papier, Maison de Josianne, Gnolac, France

    1995 Three Printmakers, Salamander Gallery, Christchurch Fishing for Camels in the Bush, Arthouse Gallery, Dunedin Arthouse Members Show, Arthouse Gallery, Dunedin

    1994 Exposure II (Invited Dunedin Artists), Applied Art NZ, Christchurch Nakhodka Dunedin Otaru, Sister Cities Art Exhibition, Otaru, Japan

    Five Printmakers, Left Bank Art Gallery, Greymouth Women Show, Arthouse Gallery, Dunedin

    1990 Printmakers Exhibition, Aigantigue Art Gallery, Timaru Prints: Jenna Packer and Neave Fraser-Davies, CSA Gallery, Christchurch

    COLLECTIONS

    Work held in private collections in NZ, Australia, UK, Canada, France and Italy.