Closing Reception: September 17 / 4-6 pm
Opening reception: August 12 / 5-7 pm
Artist talk: August 17 / 6:30 pm
Please join us for the opening of “Drawing Paintings Painting Drawings,” a solo exhibition of new and recent works by San Francisco artist Heidi McDowell. We have had the pleasure of showing a number of Heidi’s monoprint, drypoint etchings in previous exhibits and are thrilled to show this exciting new group of drawings and paintings.
We encourage you to attend Heidi’s artist talk on August 17th. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into her work, hear more about her process and inspiration behind this current series. We are so looking forward to this event and hope you’ll join us.
Rooted in the tradition of landscape painting, my work explores our contemporary relationship to the natural world as it is shaped by digital media and car culture.
I’ve recently begun to explore drawing as a complement to my primary studio practice, photorealistic oil painting. To make a gestural drawing with charcoal and pastel, one must relinquish a certain amount of control over detail and embrace the messiness and spontaneity inherent to this kind of mark making. It is a breath of fresh air for me in the studio. No longer just a respite from the tightness of photorealism, drawing now energizes my painting process, loosening it and making room for play. Many of the drawings in this show were made from paintings in process, several of the paintings were made from drawings. Some of the drawings made from paintings made from drawings and on and on as the process becomes more and more interwoven.
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