(Review) Julie Heffernan "Pre-Occupations" at Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, California
Julie Heffernan's latest solo show is visually rich in both content and substance. Taking ques from Surrealists such as Remdios Varo, Dorothea Tanning and Leonora Carrington, Heffernan creates a world that is magical to the viewer. However, the magical visions are just a surface concern to a broader concern over the environment. The artist states: “The work is a continuation of my interest in climate change and the kinds of changes we are going to have to consider in order to deal with some of its eventualities - perhaps an opportunity for some creativity in how we approach habitats and lifestyles. No more room for wastefulness, but what do we decide to keep and what to get rid of? The figures are now engaged in work of some sort: pulling, dragging, wrestling with materials in order to start the work of change." In each painting, the central figure is in a struggle over the entanglement of nature. The figures in this struggle offer the viewer an allegorical perspective of the world in danger. The figure in each painting is a reflection of man's meddling with nature and the environment.
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5790 Washington Blvd.
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