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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Paintings Reveal the Dark Side of the Suburbs, Coming to San Francisco

Posted By on Tue, May 20, 2014 at 12:00 PM

click to enlarge "Black Luck In Threes On Blackberry Street" by Andrea Heimer - ANDREA HEIMER
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  • "Black Luck In Threes On Blackberry Street" by Andrea Heimer

"When we were young us girls practiced kissing each other because we wanted to be good at it if we ever got boyfriends. Now I know instead of kissing we should have been practicing saying goodbye."

No, this isn't an entry on one of those secret confession websites. It's one of the titles of the paintings by self-taught artist Andrea Heimer, which will be featured in mid-June at an exhibition at Shooting Gallery.

Called "Sex in Suburbia," the pieces in the show are influenced by Heimer's childhood in the suburbs of Montana.

"I got this show by sending Shooting Gallery a post card saying I'd always wanted to work with them," said Heimer in an email to SF Weekly.

As Heimer explains on her website, she "paints the weird/dark/hidden sides of the suburban landscape." The titles of her paintings aren't so much titles as they are stories, such as "The Block Party of 1984 Went Down in Neighborhood History Because Otto Johnson Tried to Get Lilly Watson Pregnant Without Her Permission and Nobody Noticed." As the name of the show suggests, many of the titles of the featured paintings include references to sex, and also suicide, family surnames, street names, sex, and something called "The Sunshine Cult."

In addition to paintings, Heimer also makes sculptures of people and animals, most of which have a quilted appearance while still being as dark as her paintings.

"Sex in Suburbia" opens June 14 at 6 p.m. and runs until July 5.

For events in San Francisco this week and beyond, check out our calendar section. Follow us on Twitter at @ExhibitionistSF

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