Intimacies/ Intimismos

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Thunderhead, 2008 Pigment Print, Water Media, Graphite, On Paper 62 X 42 Inches
Intimacies/ Intimismos
Curated by: Edward Cella

2754 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
March 6th, 2010 - April 17th, 2010
Opening: March 6th, 2010 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

culver city/west la
Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm, and by appt
photography, mixed-media, landscape, figurative
Free and open to the public


Heebner’s work also published in a newly translated book of poems by Pablo Neruda, in conjunction with Chile’s 200th anniversary

– Edward Cella Art + Architecture is pleased to announce Intimacies/Intimismos, an exhibition of the work of Mary Heebner, March 6-April 17, 2010. The gallery features Heebner’s lush, alluring works on paper that are inspired by the love poems of famed Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.  Heebner’s work is also featured in Intimacies: Poems of Love (Harper Collins), a book of Neruda’s poems translated by prominent Neruda scholar Alastair Reid.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, March 6, 2010, from 6:00-9:00p.m. The exhibition is sponsored by the Consulado General de Chile en Los Angeles, in conjunction with Chile’s 200th anniversary.

Intimacies/Intimismos visually explores Neruda’s presentation of love through Heebner’s delicate, yet powerful display of male and female nudes. Motivated by a visit to Neruda’s former home on Isla Negra, Chile, Heebner enlists watercolor, powdered copper pigment, graphite and acrylic to imbue each drawing with a tactile, skin-like effect. Using a warm palette of Copper, Ochre and Rose, Heebner offers abstract renderings of the human form, as seen through the seductive lens of Neruda’s poetry.

Heebner describes the nature of her work as it relates to Neruda, and how he expressed love in multi-layered, complex ways.

“For Intimacies/Intimismos, I paired this series of paintings with a selection of Pablo Neruda’s poems, which spoke to me of love. Not just desire, not just fleeting, passionate love, but lasting love. I am honored to be able to present my paintings alongside the work of one of the world’s finest poets.”

This keen juxtaposition of poetry and images is what convinced Alastair Reid to use his translations of Neruda’s work in two published collaborations with Heebner, including 2003’s On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda.

Marie Arana, Book Critic at the Washington Post says the following of Heebner’s work:
Heebner’s nudes, rendered on handmade paper in watercolor washes are at once grounded and fragile. Like Neruda’s poetry, they relay what Heebner calls the ‘naked, exposed, and vulnerable’ aspects of love.

Intimacies/Intimismos debuted at the Queen Sofia Spanish Institute in New York City in 2009, and is making its West Coast debut at Edward Cella Art + Architecture, located in Los Angeles’ Miracle Mile arts district. Included in the Edward Cella exhibition program is a March 20 lecture at the gallery by Dr. Judy Larson, former director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts, where she will present an illustrated lecture of the history of women artists in America.

“We are pleased to welcome this unique coupling of Mary’s art and Neruda’s newly translated poetry,” said Edward Cella, Director of Edward Cella Art + Architecture.  “Her work acts as a tangible and fitting companion to Neruda’s words.”

About the Artist: Mary Heebner has distinguished herself as both an abstract painter and book artist, with pieces held in the J.P. Getty Research Center, The New York Public Library, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Harvard University, among others. Her paintings have been published in two books of Pablo Neruda’s poetry -- On the Blue Shore of Silence: Poems of the Sea by Pablo Neruda and Intimacies/Intimismos: Poems of Love. In 2006, Heebner was honored with a solo exhibition at UCLA’s Fowler Museum.
About the Gallery: Edward Cella Art + Architecture represents significant emerging and mid-career artists; acquires and places quality post WWII and contemporary painting and drawings; and, with a special and unique focus, presents drawings and projects by emerging and established West Coast architects and designers. ECAA works with individuals and institutions with building, organizing, gifting and placement of fine art collections.