HungryMan Gallery San Francisco presents the exhibition, Really, Something, featuring the paintings and drawings of Joel Dean and Alex Heilbron. Dean dissects painting down to its very essential elements, form and color– employing monochrome for this exhibition. He questions his practice in contemporary painting through broken down abstractions of paper shapes on linen canvas. Heilbron’s world is overrun with an adolescent spirit that weaves its way into her drawings. The work is reflective of her nostalgic and intuitive imagination combined with everyday experiences and images. Both artists construct a strong visual language in their work while contending with the personal experience of their mediums.
Dean was born in Atlanta, GA. He received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009. In the summer of 2008 he was the recipient of the Ellen Battel Stoeckel Fellowship and a student at the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art in Norfolk, CT. During the summer of 2009 he was a Fellow at the Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI. He is currently based in Oakland, CA where he helps to operate an experimental projects space called Important Projects.
Heilbron has shown in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Vancouver, Canada. She graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2009. She has been highlighted on Little Paper Planes, Sights and Sounds, Fecal Face, What, and in San Francisco Art Magazine. She is currently at the Pont Aven School of Contemporary Art’s residency program in France.
April 9 – May 20, 2011
Opening Reception 7-10p, Saturday April 9
Closing Reception 4-7p, Sunday May 20
Open Saturdays and Sundays 12n-5p