Wall Tales and Shelf Stories

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© Courtesy of the artist and Packer Schopf Gallery
Wall Tales and Shelf Stories

942 W. Lake St.
Chicago, IL 60608
September 10th, 2010 - October 30th, 2010
Opening: September 10th, 2010 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

West Loop/West Town
Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 5:30pm


Hello… to start our 23rd fall season we are grouping 3 artists for 3 solo exhibitions…. Michael Ferris Jr., Eric Stotik, and Frank Trankina. All 3 artists work in a traditional format (painting, drawing, and/or sculpture) but share an underlying forwardness in the way they approach their particular subject matter through composition.  They all mine the figure, directly or indirectly, and communicate different aspects of art history and personal narrative via their straightforward mediums.  Each is obsessive in their own way… and manifests through exceptional technique, which makes this one of the must see/review shows of the season.  Further commentary follows…

Frank Trankina           Wall Tales and Shelf Stories New Paintings

Simply put, Frank Trankina collects mostly vintage toys and paper ephemera, and arranges these various items, on a shelving system of his own device, and proceeds to paint them in a trompe l’oeil style.  Duality of still life and story are his primary interest and passion.  His cumulative role becomes a choreographer, director, designer, and storyteller. These new paintings are explorations between these collections of anthropomorphic popular culture images and objects. The curious nature of these ensembles evokes his continuing fascination with narration and formal arrangement.  The process is wholly observational and experiential, working directly from life.