san-francisco

Packard Jennings

Catharine Clark Gallery

In his recent solo exhibition at Catherine Clark Gallery, prankster interventionist Packard Jennings hurled small stones at mighty, if easy, targets—the corporation and the church. Jennings’s interactive projects restage the David and Goliath narrative in our late, late capitalist moment, imagining ways in which the little guy might finally do away with his accursed office cubicle.

The show’s centerpiece, a multipart work titled Business Reply, 2006, takes aim at companies who target consumers with avalanches of direct mail. In the show’s announcement, Jennings asked gallerygoers to collect postage-paid reply envelopes from credit card solicitations and bring them to the gallery. There, in an installation called Business Reply (Office Installation), 2006—a space accented with “1970s orange” walls and a hanging pot of artificial plants—he placed a wood-veneered receptacle in which these were

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