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Heidi McDowell: Road Trip

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Victorville, 2010 Oil on Canvas 28" X 41" © Copyright: ArtZone 461 Gallery and Heidi McDowell
Refinery 3 Study, 2011 Oil on Canvas 28" X 20" © Copyright: ArtZone 461 Gallery and Heidi McDowell
Heidi McDowell: Road Trip
Curated by: Steve Lopez

461 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
July 23rd, 2011 - August 21st, 2011
Opening: July 23rd, 2011 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM

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Mission
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415-441-8680
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12-6 pm Wednesday-Sunday, anytime by appointment.
TAGS:  
landscape, figurative

DESCRIPTION

ArtZone 461 Gallery is happy to announce "Road Trip" a new exhibition of paintings by gallery artist Heidi McDowell, photo-documenting her various car trips through the Western United States.

McDowell explores our contemporary relationship to the landscape as shaped by digital media and car culture.  She incorporates digital artifacts, dust on a lens, car window reflections and other 'aberrations' found in photographic source materials, thus celebrating the way these otherwise unwanted mistakes highlight the colors and textures of the natural world.

Her goal is not solely to reproduce photographs. McDowell says, "Oil painting has its own "artifacts" and unpredictable process-related effects that bring more life to the image.  Rough painterly marks are often enough to indicate detail.  Combined, the digital and painterly effects clarify and enhance the experience of seeing, allowing us to slow down and take a longer look."