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Packer Schopf Gallery

Exhibition Detail
Real Nobodies
942 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60608


October 17th, 2008 - November 15th, 2008
Opening: 
October 17th, 2008 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
 
, Doug SmithenryDoug Smithenry
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Doug Smithenry's paintings ask the viewer the thorny question, are you a
nobody?  As the Internet continually provides venues for people to
self-promote, self-define, self-fulfill and control their own digital
worlds, it no small wonder that one's feeling of self-importance might
increase while living in one's head, alone, and gazing at electronic
screens. These paintings reflect images of people, appropriated from vlog
sites and image banks, who are engaged in self-absorbed behavior before
their computers. Smithenry explores the notion that while we engage in a
search for significance online, most of us have to live with the stark fact
that neither fame nor notoriety will ever find us. Hopefully, this body of
work moves the viewer to ponder the "nobody question" by considering how our
technology consumes and distracts us from our off-line pursuits that
ultimately make us the "somebodies" we are.


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