American. Born in Oakland, CA, 1970.
Packard Jennings is a multi-disciplinary artist who uses appropriation, humor and interventionist tactics to explore the dynamics of public spaces and to address political and corporate transgressions against public interests. Over the past twenty-five years he has built a practice that employs interventionism, conceptual work, performance, collaboration, and social practice to engage the public and semi public spheres. He combines these contemporary methods while incorporating the more traditional mediums of sculpture, illustration, installation and video. He moves freely between entertainment, activism and artistic practice and subverts familiar tropes – be they in consumer products, film narratives, or performance characters.
He strongly believes in sharing tools and skills with others to affect positive social change. His website destructables.org is a user generated, D.I.Y. website of projects for protest and creative dissent that encourages anyone to share step-by-step instructions for dissenting actions, including: art actions, protest strategies, and other forms of public dissent.
Although he primarily works in public spaces, his work has been shown in galleries and museums in throughout the U.S. and internationally in Geneva, Turin, Paris, Stuttgart, Madrid, Ljubljana, Vancouver and Barcelona. His work has been published in several books, including Art and Agenda, Urban Interventions, the BLDG BLOG book, and We Own the Night. His work has garnered critical media attention in The Boston Globe, Artforum, Flash Art, the Believer, Adbusters, New American Painting, the Washington Post, and the front page of the New York Times.
2000 Masters of Fine Art (Sculpture), NYSCC at Alfred University, Alfred, New York
1996 Bachelors of Art, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, California
Waterways, Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio Intensive, San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Street (not ‘Reclaim’ course), Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio. California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Graduate Tutorial. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Reclaim the Street III, Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Street (not ‘Reclaim’ course), Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio. California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
Installation Art I. San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
Reclaim the Street II, Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Reclaim the Street, Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio. California College of the Arts, San Francisco, CA
Digital Imaging, Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA
Sculpture I, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Public Art I, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Public Art II, University of California Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2017 10th International Design Biennale, Saint-Étienne, France (March, 2017)
Residency, SOMA, Mexico City, Mexico (June, 2017)
Museum of Capitalism, FICTILUS, Oakland, California (June,n2017)
Situationists, Pro Arts, Oakland, California (July, 2017)
Talkies, Roxie Theater, San Francisco, California
Open Engagement – Power, Oakland Museum of California, Oakland, California
Welcome to the Left Coast, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, California
Art of Dissent, Palomar College, San Marcos, California
Open Stock, Humanist Hall, Oakland, California
Corpocracy, Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Houston, Texas
Hardly Strictly Mini, Bolinas Museum, Bolinas, California
Art Night SF, U.N. Plaza, San Francisco, California
Tongue in Cheek, Di Rosa Preserve, Napa, California
Live Radio Auction, Laney College Radio, Oakland, California
Parking Lot Art Fair, San Francisco, California
Resistance & Revolution, Gund Gallery at Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio
Unrest: Art, Activism, and Revolution, Helen Day Art Center, Stowe, Vermont
Save the LAB, The LAB, San Francisco, California
Sunshine Alliance (performance), Sub Pop 20th St. Block Party, San Francisco, California
Sunshine Alliance (performance), Mills College Art Museum, Oakland, California
100 Performances in the Hole, (with Wonderment Consortium), San Francisco, California
Talkies, Cinecave, San Francisco, California
Charlie James Gallery, Aqua, Miami, Florida
Charlie James Gallery, Art Aspen, Aspen, Colorado
Sunshine Alliance, (Wonderment Consortium), KQED + SFMOMA, San Francisco, California
Only a Signal Shown, SOEX, San Francisco, California
Conflux 2012, NYU, New York, New York
Required Reading, Center for Book Arts, New York, New York
Kludging, The Present Group (on line), San Francisco, California
Zombie-Proof House, di Rosa, Napa, California
Stacked/Multiplied, Adobe Books Backroom Gallery, San Francisco, California
Charlie James Gallery, Pulse, New York, New York
Shadowshopping Network, (improv performance/webcast), SFMOMA, San Francisco, California
Vito Acconci, (special commission), Shadowshop, SFMOMA, San Francisco, California
Now and When, San Francisco Arts Commission, San Francisco, California
The Secret Society, BAM, Berkeley, California
Bureaucracy Now, Parlor SF, San Francisco, California
Art Splash Open House, Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California
The Drawing Room, Catharine Clark 14th St. Studio, New York, New York
Masterminds 2010, SF Weekly, San Francisco, California
Show Off, with Analix Forever, Paris, France
Market Forces 2009, Piemonte Share Festival, Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali, Torino, Italy
One Every Day, Elizebeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, New York
Afghanistan 1985, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California
Paper Trail – Serial Material, Gallery Atsui. Vancouver, British Columbia
Re: con-figure, Kala, Berkeley, California
The Western Front, Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California
La Nuit des 1001 Videos, Analix Forever Gallery, Geneva, Switzerland
Gold Rush, City Museum of Ljubljana, Vžigalica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia. Exhibition to travel to Gallerie OP-Nord, Stuttgart, Germany; The Lab, San Francisco, California
Vital Signs, curated by Gary Sangster, Newcomb Art Gallery, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana
Noise, Anton Gallery, Monterey, California
Interruption of Hierarchies, Mary Porter Sesnon Art Gallery, University of California, Santa Cruz, California
The Painted Word, K Gallery, Alameda, California
Artist in Residence Exhibition, Kala Institute, Berkeley, California
Bay Area Currents, curated by Aimee Chang, Oakland Art Gallery, Oakland, California
Fruit Loops, Video Print, Zone Gallery, Kansas City, Missouri
Graphic: New Bay Area Drawing, di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, Napa, California
Gold Rush, OpNord, Stuttgart, Germany
Fresh, Kala Institute, Berkeley, California
Four Freedoms, Martin Art Gallery, Baltimore, Maryland
New Acquisitions, di Rosa Preserve: Art & Nature, Napa, California
Project Placement, Analix Forever, Geneva, Switzerland
SoEx Offsite Project, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California
OP nord, Goldrush, Stuttgart, Germany
Virus, LoBot Gallery, Oakland, California
Shopdropping, The New Gallery, Calgary, Canada
Cronyism, Mission 17 Gallery, San Francisco, California
Illegal Art, Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida. Exhibition traveled to Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon
Plagiarism, La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain. Exhibition traveled to Espai Barcelona de Obra Social, Barcelona
Social Insecurity, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California
E-bay Painting Project, WORKS, San Jose, California
Art at the Dump: A Retrospective, Steven Wolf Gallery, San Francisco, California
Anti-Advertising Agency, San Francisco Art Institute Gallery, San Francisco, California
Shopdropping, Pond, San Francisco, California
The Presidency, Exit Art, New York, New York
Denver International Film Festival, Starz Theater, Denver, Colorado
Paper Bullets, Intersection for the Arts, San Francisco, California
Spoonful of Sugar, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, California
From the Collection, North Spring Street Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Illegal Art, In These Times, Chicago, Illinois. Exhibition traveled to Gaea Foundation Resource Center for Activism and Arts, Washington DC; Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, Hollywood, Florida.
Exotic Imports, New China Town Barber Shop, Los Angeles, California
Un ©, Black Lab Gallery, Seattle, Washington
Close Calls, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California
No War, Luggage Store Gallery, San Francisco, California
Element of the Temporary, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California
Musings: Contemporizing Tradition, Gallery 312, Chicago, Illinois
Hip Hop, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, California
Backstage, Balazo, San Francisco, California
Slop’s Super Market, Frank Center for the Creative Arts, Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Exhibition traveled to The Pump House Regional Arts Center, La Crosse, Wisconsin
Master of Fine Arts Thesis exhibition, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery, Alfred, New York
Culture Jamming, CBGB’s, New York, New York
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2014 AIR, Canonball, Miami, Florida
2010 Circular Time, Intersection For the Arts Theater, San Francisco, California
2009 Becalmed, Creative Time (on-line), New York, New York
2008 The Pitch of Dissent, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California
2007 USA Today, 3-Walls, Chicago, Illinois
2006 Public Disclosure, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California
Packard Jennings, Catharine Clark Gallery, San Francisco, California
2004 Cultural Quarantine (Part Three), North Spring Gallery, Los Angeles, California
Cultural Quarantine (Part Two), Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California
2003 Cultural Quarantine, Sanitary Land Fill Company, South San Francisco, California
2002 Man on Horse, Jack Hanley Gallery, San Francisco, California
1996 Impressions of American Aggression, Art Collective Gallery, Berkeley, California
SELECTED PUBLIC INTERVENTIONS
2012 Waffle Shop Billboard – inaugural curated billboard project, Waffle Shop, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
2011 Madrid Street Ad Takeover – replaced advertising, w/ Public Ad Campaign, Madrid, Spain
Hanging Shoe Garden – with Helena Keeffe, San Francisco, CA
2010 Underbelly Project – Abandoned New York subway station exhibition, New York, New York
Pocket Survival Guide – Shop-drop Workshops, various non-profits and schools, California
2008 New York Times Spoof Newspaper, with the Yes Men and Steve Lambert, New York, Los Angeles
Creative Dissent Work Station, San Francisco and Oakland, California
2007 Wish You Were Here! Postcards from Our Awesome Future, with Steve Lambert, San Francisco Art Commission’s Art on Market Street, San Francisco,
2006 Lottery Tickets, with Southern Exposure, San Francisco and Oakland, California
Bus Stop Advertising Project, with Anti-advertising Agency, Oakland, California
1999-2000 The Wal-Mart Project, Wal-Mart Locations, Various cities, New York and Minnesota
AWARDS & HONORS
2010 Irvine Residency – Montalvo Arts Center, Saratoga, California
Tools and Equipment Grant – CCI
Alternative Exposure Grant – Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California
Masterminds 2010, SF Weekly, San Francisco, California
2009 College of Tactical Culture, Eyebeam, New York, New York
2008 Best of San Francisco: Best Public Art. SF Weekley, San Francisco, California
Finalist, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Award
2007 Artist in Residence, Kala Institute, Berkeley, California
Artist in Residence, 3-Walls, Chicago, Illinois
2006 Artist Fellowship Award, Kala Institute, Berkeley, California
Project Commission, SoEx Offsite, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, California
Creative Capital/Marin Headlands Professional Development Grant
2005 Artist in Residence, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
Anti-Advertising Agency/ Creative Work Fund Project Grant
2003 Artist in Residence, Sanitary Land Fill Company, South San Francisco, California
2002 Finalist, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art In-Site Award
Artist in Residence, Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, California
Artist in Residence and Honorary Fellowship Recipient, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Woodside, California
1998 Master of Fine Arts Scholarship, New York State College of Art and Design at Alfred University, Alfred, NewYork
Joshua Reiman, “Context as Material – Conversation with Jon Rubin” Sculpture magazine. May, 2016 <https://www.sculpture.org/documents/scmag16/may_16/may16_features3.shtml>
Staff writer, “Packard Jennings: Art as Intervention” Global Corpocracy.com. May, 2016 <http://www.globalcorpocracy.com/2016/05/10/packard-jennings-art-as-intervention/>
Christian Sarkar, “Challenging the Corpocracy: When Art Confronts Capitalism” Huffington Post. Nov, 2015< http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fixcapitalism/challenging-the-corpocracy_b_8443474.html>
Betsy Huete, “Corpocracy at the Station Museum” Glasstire. Nov, 2015 < http://glasstire.com/2015/11/02/corpocracy-at-the-station-museum-houston/ >
Christian Sarkar, “The Real Revolutionary. The Art of Packard Jennings” Fix Capitalism. Oct, 2015 < http://fixcapitalism.com/the-real-revolutionary-the-art-of-packard-jennings/>
Marshall and Donahue, “Art-Centered Learning Across Curriculum,” Teachers College Press, 2014
Post Carbon Institute, “Public Energy Art Kit / P.E.A.K.”, Butler and Wuerthner, 2014
Galperina, Marina “10 Great Contemporary Works of Political Art”. Flavorwire. October, 2012. http://www.flavorwire.com/339858/10-contemporary-works-of-political-art-that-work
R. Klanten, M. Huebner “Art and Agenda” Gestalten, 2011
Workhorse and Pac “We Own the Night (art of the Underbelly Project)” Rizzoli, 2011
R. Klanten, M. Huebner “Urban Interventions” Gestalten, 2010
Frank, Peter “The Western Front: Inaugural Group Show”.The Magazine LA January, 2009.
Jesi,Khadivi “Culture Jam” Artnet Magazine. January 2009.
Ed. various illustrations. The Believer, October, 2008.
Ed. Intervene! Interrupt! Santa Cruz, California. University of California Santa Cruz: 2008.
Ed. “Best of San Francisco: Best Public Art.” SF Weekly, May 28, 2008.
Davidson, Maureen. “Human Doings.” MetroSantaCruz, April 16, 2008.
Keffer, Ruth. “Wish you were here! Postcards from our awesome future.” Spur Urbanist, March 2008.
Vogel, Traci. “Packard Jennings Giddy, Anarchic at the Catharine Clark Gallery.” SF Weekly, February 13, 2008.
Harmanci, Reyhan. “Power Play.” San Francisco Chronicle 96 Hours, January 24, 2008.
Leaverton, Michael. “Bombs Bursting.” www.sfweekly.com, January 18, 2008.
Urbina, Ian. “Anarchists in the Aisles? Stores provide a stage.” The New York Times, December 24, 2007.
Ed. “The Painted Word.” Alameda Magazine, September 10, 2007.
Frauenfelder, Mark. “Packard Jennings’ ‘Business Reply Pamphlet’.” www.boingboing,net, August 20, 2007.
Palm, Kristin. “Move it Outdoors.” Metropolis Magazine, June 15, 2007.
Baker, Kenneth. San Francisco Chronicle, June 9, 2007.
Kucharski, S. R. “Bay Area Currents.” www.shotgun-review.com, June 2007.
Foumberg, Jason. “Revolt Ready.” New City Chicago, June 2007.
Daily, Patrick. “Art v. The Man.” Chicago Reader, June 2007.
Eler, Alicia. “Packard Jennings.” Time Out Chicago, June 2007.
Fannin, Zach R. “A Different Look at America: The Art of Packard Jennings.” www.abcnews.go.com, January 8, 2007.
Ed. “SoEx Off Site.” Southern Exposure Newsletter, January/February 2007.
Ed. “Packard Jennings.” New American Paintings, December 2006.
Swanhuyser, Hiya. “Scratch to Win.” SF Weekly, December 6, 2006.
Indrisek, Scott. “Merry Prankster.” Anthem, November/December 2006.
Horsting, Archana. “Fellowship Award 2006.” Kala Zine Kala Art Institute, Fall 2006.
Tillman, R. L. Four Freedoms. Allentown, Pennsylvania. Martin Art Gallery: 2006.
Ed. “16 Page Pamphlet Leads to Mail Room Revolt.” www.consumerist.com, July 12, 2006. <http://consumerist.com/consumer/top/16-page-pamphlet-leads-to-mail-room-revolt-186838.php>.
Helfand, Glen. “Packard Jennings at Catharine Clark Gallery.” Artforum, Summer 2006.
Bamberger, Alan. “San Francisco Art Galleries Openings, First Thursday, April 6, 2006,” ArtBusiness.com, April 6, 2006. <http://www.artbusiness.com/1open/firstth0406.html>.
Smith, Brianna. “Cultural Stimuli in SF.” www.sf.flavorpill.net May 30 – June 5, 2006 <http://sf.flavorpill.net/current_mailer.jsp#cracker>.
Bibeau, Petra. “Felipe Dulzaides & Packard Jennings at Catharine Clark Gallery.” www.shotgun-review.com May 18, 2006 <http://www.shotgun-review.com/archives/000281.html>.
Baker, Kenneth. “Two artists at Clark make art from doing things in the real world.” The San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2006.
Leaverton, Michael. “It’s a Riot.” SF Weekly, April 12 – 18, 2006.
Kurtz, Katie. “Packard Jennings.” The San Francisco Bay Guardian, April 12 – 18, 2006.
Baker, Kenneth. “Droll art aims to discomfit commerce.” The San Francisco Chronicle, March 19, 2005.
Ed. “Interview with Packard Jennings, Artist.” Scene Missing Magazine, February, 2005. <http://www.scenemissingmagazine.com/2004/12/interview-w-packard-jennings-artist.html>.
Chen, George. “Moving Targets.” www.popandpolitics.com, November 15, 2004.
Johnson, Ken. “Art in Review: The Presidency.” The New York Times, October 22, 2004.
Swanhuyser, Hiya. “Sugar and Spice.” SF Weekly, September 15, 2004.
Baker, Kenneth. “Politics put outraged artist on ‘Periwinkle’ alert.” The San Francisco Chronice, January 24, 2004.
Ed. “Dissident.” Atomica, Winter 2003.
Ed. “Forum Illegal Art.” Playboy, November 2003.
Ed. “Show looks at copyright infringement vs. art.” The Triangle, October 2003.
Gaither, Chris. “Art attack.” The Boston Globe, July 14, 2003.
Bing, Alison. “Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age.” www.sfgate.com, July 10 – 17, 2003.
Byrne, Richard. “Marked for trade.” Boston Phoenix, May 16 – 22, 2003.
Dawson, Jessica. “At Gaea, Works that Cut a Satirical Path Across Someone Else’s Intellectual Property.” The Washington Post, May 8, 2003.
Arnold, Gina. “Hip-Hop Notions.” www.metroactive.com, July 12, 2001. <http://www.metroactive.com/papers/metro/07.12.01/allshookdown-0128.html>.
Reproduction. Adbusters Magazine, January/February 2001.
Krajewski, Sara. “Reviews: Slop Art.” New Art Examiner, April 2001.
Ed. “2Pac, Biggie och Eazy E.” Chili Magazine, October 2001.