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Natural History, Paintings From the Golden Age | Heidi Johnson at Hell Gate Arts 11/23-1/11/2020


Hell Gate Arts
755 East 133rd St
Bronx, New York 10454

Eileen Walsh

Natural History, Paintings From the Golden Age.

An exhibit of work by Heidi Johnson

Opening Reception | Saturday November 23rd, 2019, 5-9pm

Hell Gate Arts is pleased to present, Natural History, Paintings from the Golden Age, an exhibit of paintings by Heidi Johnson. We will celebrate the opening with an artists reception from 5-9pm on Saturday November 23rd. There will be an artist talk on December 7that 3pm.

Heidi Johnson’s paintings give a glimpse into a constructed world where flora and fauna have overwhelmed their environment. Seemingly oblivious to what might be considered chaos, an abundance of birds, animals, insects and plants appear to thrive and delight on the detritus of human existence.

Inspired and informed by the conceptual template of the golden age of Dutch still life paintings. Disparate species of flora and fauna meet on the same plane, time is compressed. Ms. Johnsons paintings speak to our contemporary personal temporality, they exist in a culture of overrun by excess and saturation. The work plays with the space between the unending highly constructed world of the internet and the very real and immediate space we dwell in. Although obviously farcical the paintings emit an anxiety with excess that is very familiar in our society.

Heidi was born in Providence, Rhode Island and attended Tufts University and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. She currently lives and works in the Mott Haven area of the Bronx.

Hell Gate Arts is a gallery and community space in the Port Morris section of the Bronx, located in the shadow of the Hell Gate Bridge. We showcase local and international artists and performers in an intimate space. It is owned and operated by Eileen Walsh.

The show will open with an Artists reception Saturday November 23, from 5-9pm. And will continue through January 11th. The Gallery is open to the public Friday and Saturday from noon to 6 pm 12noon until 6 pm. There will be am Artist talk on December 7th at 3pm.