A is for ANDREA HEIMER

 

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Poplar Street Was Like A Dozen Others To The East Or West Of It And Friday Nights Looked Like This,  10 PM Parents Bedroom Light Goes Out Girls Room Lights Stay On 11 PM Boys At The Window Hand Over Fists 

 

A is for Andrea Heimer, whose incredibly detailed paintings are humorously dark, undressing the normal white-picket fence facade of her suburban upbringing in a perverse and yet strangely appealing way.

Don’t Miss: Her paintings’ long titles that read like opening lines of a David Sedaris essay.

Check out our first chat with Heimer here on hahamag.com and then go on to discover more:

Website – Andrea Heimer Instagram

Genre: Outsider Art

The Best of the Rest: Miami Art Week 2014 Pic Fest

Welcome to our Best of the Rest: Miami Art Week 2014 Pic Fest. Hopefully you’ve seen our impassioned (jk) Miami Art Basel roundup (you can always bounce back over to it by clicking on the magic ‘here‘).

This smorgasbord of pictures is culled from the fairs we really enjoyed this year, including the new Latin American fair- PINTA. I try not to take pictures wantonly at the fairs, knowing how mind-blowing it is to come home and sift through thousands of images. Even then, I round down the amount of artists I think you’d like to know about.

So if it’s here, it was amazing to look at, I had the gallery owner help me explore the background of the piece, or it simply talked to me in that way (you know what way).

Go on…check it out.

 

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Ulf Puder / MARC STRAUS Gallery @ The Miami Art Project. This was my ‘One To Grow On’ moment at the fair. Puder, a German artist whose paintings depict haunting environments filled with abandoned architecture. It’s the color choices and sneaky geometrical deconstruction and construction of shapes that draw you in.

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I will always take pictures of Kris Kuski’s insane sculptures. Can only a mad man be this intense when it comes to detail? His work is on my ‘Lord, please let me own one one day’ list. @ Miami Art Project

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Jenny Morgan: Into The Blue, Oil on Canvas @ Miami Art Project. Her subjects continue to give morose, a beautifully poetic way.

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Won Ju Lim: Kiss d4, Plexiglass, light. Haines Gallery. So many pieces that dealt with capturing natural light were at Miami Project – this diptych was one of my favorites.

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I’m a sucker for anything that looks like it walked out of well imagined book description of unusual curiosities. This piece, ‘Cabinet of Craving’ is by the conceptual artist, Mel Chin.

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God, Geoff Mcfetridge makes art look easy. Clean lines, pretty shapes, great depth perception. His works are often clever and non threatening – yikes, those sounds like reasons not to purchase. But I dare you to try and resist them. @Miami Art Project

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This is from the late Jason Rhoades – Untitled (Chandelier), 2004. Glass, wire, neon, plexiglass, fabric, and plastic. The Rubell Collection.

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Detail of the Jason Rhoades piece, Untitled (Chandelier)

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Maurizio Cattelan / La Rivoluzione Siamo Noi, 2000, The Rubell Collection.

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Alex Yanes / Amigo Totem (3 stacked 55 gallon oil drums). Joseph Gross Gallery @Miami Scope.

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You take the picture because it’s a freaking Ray Caesar. It’s perfection. @Miami Scope

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Phantom Limb / 2014 / Chris Roberts-Anteau / Fabric Applique. Stumbling across new work is thrilling. I was especially encouraged to keep checking out this work after reading Anteau’s nicely explained, hand-written artist statement. @Miami Scope

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Second year running now that I’ve been getting close up on these Chang Park paintings and just staring into the void. These oil paintings are a perfect blend of great painting technique with the skilled hand of an illustrator. The subjects could start talking in word bubbles at any second – I swear. Anthony Brunelli Fine Arts @ Miami Scope

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Chang Park / Untitled_F / Oil on Canvas

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Photographer Jim Payne found an interesting way to catalog moments through viewfinders. Really enjoyed the momentary intimacy with the subjects that lay within. @Aqua Art Fair

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So much fun to see Andrea Heimer showing at Aqua Art Fair in Miami. She’s was by far, one of the funniest/down-to-earth artists I ever interviewed. This piece is titled, ‘If you’re ok then I’m ok and we can do this until we’re very old.’ Acrylic on canvas. Good Luck Gallery

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Detail of Andrea Heimer’s, ‘If you’re ok then I’m ok and we can do this until we’re very old.’ Acrylic on canvas. Good Luck Gallery

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Javier Abdala / Van Gogh / Guerra Gallery – wood (found objects), metal, paint ,wood Carving, 96.457 x 70.866 inches @ Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda. Castaneda is committed to the local culture of Columbia – exposing their socio-political issues with concepts and materials related to food and animals, since according to him, that is the basis of the people, the culture and their habits. @Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda @Pinta Art Fair

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Colombian artist Omar Castaneda @Pinta Art Fair

Andrea Heimer’s Suburban Mythology

As if the suburbs didn’t have a bad enough rap, Andrea Heimer goes and takes a delightfully sardonic jab at the lives of its residents with her upcoming solo show: Suburban Mythology.

Her cheery small scale paintings are humorously dark while undressing the facade of normal white-picket fence wholesomeness in a perverse and yet strangely appealing way. With long painting titles that read like the opening lines of a David Sedaris essay it’s not hard to believe that her therapist checks her website for new work before sessions. Or that her story-boarded strange tales that deal in adult topics  –  told in childlike tones is attracting collectors like Paul Simon.

 

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“The Sunshine Cult Used The Patterson’s Den For A Meeting Room And Spent A Lot Of Time Redecorating Because Its 31 Members Had A Hard Time Agreeing On Anything”

HM: It’s so crazy that you got in touch with us to cover your solo show because during the Juried Show at Parlor Gallery this past November I was checking out your work. There are so many fun elements in the details of your paintings. I was saying to a friend of mine,“Couldn’t you see these paintings hanging in one of the rooms on that show GIRLS?”

AH: You are the second person to say that.

HM: They would be so perfect! Knowing the personality of those characters – I think they would be drawn to work that carried a sarcastic response to where someone grew up.

AH: Especially the Montana stuff, right? They are extra weird.

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“We Found The Boy Drinking Mr. Patterson’s Pool Water. The Boy Was Covered In Hair And Howled Like A Wolf So We Think He Came Down From The Mountains. We Never Caught Him.”

Heimer is referring to the paintings that depict memories of her childhood spent in Great Falls, Montana. A time she recalls being “mostly unhappy”, “disconnected from family and feeling like an alien resident in my own community.” She spent most of her time riding her bike around the neighborhood observing others and collecting stories that she would later use as inspiration for this series.

HM: Your paintings have long, matter-of-a fact titles; are these based on experiences that you’ve had living in the burbs?

AH: I’m inspired by real things that happened, something a friend told me or things I went through. In my neighborhood, there were people having affairs, people who believed in UFO’s. It’s a little bit real, a little bit hyperbole, a little bit my own neurosis. Sometimes it’s a little memory of something weird my family said or did. I have to see the picture very clearly in my head before I begin to paint.

I’ve had people come up to me and say “I know that street” or “I know those people.” So suburbia must be weird universally.

HM: Is this the style that you think defines you?

AH: I think this is it. Before I started painting I was messing around with screen printing – pop arty things. But I never felt like they were mine or what I was trying to say. A lot of the paintings do deal with dark themes, so I try to find something humorous about the situation then mesh them together. I love that people forgive me for not being able to paint perspective, animals, and a straight line…”

HM: Perfection would be wrong for paintings about stories that are so gratifyingly imperfect. I’d love to know the backstory of the painting where you depict a guy running over a half-naked woman.

AH: That one is called, “Otto Johnson’s Car Was A Chick Magnet”.  She’s not being run over, she’s making out with the car – if you look on the ground there is a little tiny condom next to her and her panties are off.

HM: She’s really going for it.

AH: Yeah. When I felt really trapped in my environment I could not wait to get a driver’s license. Since then I’ve been really into cars and the guys driving them…it’s about freedom. I love that painting, it was the first time I got to paint a tiny vagina. I got really excited about how it turned out.

 

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“In The Summer Of 1989 Mr. McManus Cut Down A Rosebush That Was Growing Directly On The Border Between The McManus’s Back Yard And The Black’s Back Yard. The Resulting Donnybrook Was The Most Brutal Thing Us Kids Had Ever Seen In Real Life. Years Later I Figured Out The Fight Wasn’t Really About Roses.”

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“Winter Séance With Two Ghosts”

HM: Were you sitting by your paintings during the Juried show?

AH: Yes. Wait…why? Did you just ignore me?

HM: Ignore is such an awful word. I thought it might have been you, but then embarrassment took over. There was no adult way to introduce myself after I’d stood there for so long laughing with a friend while pointing at those tiny vagina’s.

AH: Aw, you should have. No need to be embarrassed, I still get excited about painting little penis’s – because they’re sooo tiny.

HM: That being said – who do you imagine is buying your paintings?

AH: People with really good taste.

*Suburban Mythology opens at Parlor Gallery on February 1st until March 8th, 2014

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“The Space Man Would Not Let Her Come With Him, Nor Would He Stay”

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“The Fire: Good Riddance on Maple Street”

 

 

Jonathan Levine Curates Show at Parlor Gallery

Jeremy Burk, Savage II

 

Normally, I would not consider an hour and a half drive to see a art show. Nor can remember the last time I liked – no loved – over 70 percent of the works in a show. But then most galleries don’t have curated shows by Jonathan Levine (yes, excluding his own). And the artist line-up doesn’t normally read like this:

JURIED 2013 exhibiting artists:

Tina Lugo, Tracy Deer, Percy Fortini-Wright, Jeremy Burks, Zoe Williams, Kyle Fisher, Lazarus Nazario, Sean Mahan, Hannah Yata, Jake Waldron, Darlene Foster, Andrea Heimer, Kyle Stewart, Susan Tumblety, Angel Perdomo, Bask, Andre Veloux, Owens, Dilek Baykara, Andy Dreamingwolf, & Alicia Martin.

This past Saturday was the opening night bash of the Juried 2013 show at Parlor Gallery in Asbury Park, NJ. Levine picked artists whose works felt fresh, who at first glance most are pleasing to the eye mostly because they’re exquisitely detailed and seem like easy reads.  Till you realized they forced you to delve deeper, to realize a very layered sense of symbolism. Particularly with artists like, Jeremy Burks, Hannah Yata, Andrea Heimer & Kyle Fischer* (Best in Show) whose paintings were so bold and yet so innocently played their symbolism’s upon themes of perceptions, mythology and transformations of human nature. The show was most definitely not a waste of time, it was I dare say…exciting.

*Best in Show Artist, Kyle Fischer will be showing next with Paradigm Gallery + Studio. Show opens on February 28th, 2014.

Hannah Yata, "Throwing up the Children", oil on canvas

Hannah Yata, “Throwing up the Children”, oil on canvas

Andrea Heimer, "Josie McAllister had Sleepovers...", acrylic & pencil on panel

Andrea Heimer, “Josie McAllister had Sleepovers…”, acrylic & pencil on panel

Kyle Fisher, "Bloom", acrylic & graphite on birch

Kyle Fisher, “Bloom”, acrylic & graphite on birch