Heidi Whitman: Lost Cities
August 26 – September 26, 2015
Reception: Thursday, September 10th, 5 - 7:30pm
Heidi Whitman, Lost City of F, 2015, ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, and cast shadows
Heidi Whitman, Lost City of A, 2015, ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, and cast shadows
Heidi Whitman, Lost City of G, 2015, ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, and cast shadows
Heidi Whitman, Lost in Translation, 2015, ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, and cast shadows.†
Heidi Whitman, Road to Nowhere, 2015, ink, gouache, acrylic, paper, and cast shadows
Heidi Whitmanís paper constructions, paintings, and drawings are invented terrains or mental maps. Contemporary city grids and maps of ancient ruins are primary references.
The structure of the city and the structure of the mind are conflated in my paper constructions. Iím interested in states of mind, how experience is translated into thought, how memories are layered, and how dreams jumble reality. Contemporary city grids and plans of ancient ruins are layered and edited along with references to mental networks.In todayís globalized world distance and time have changed. The internet has compressed and collapsed time and space. Networks of hyper-connectivity are the maps of the contemporary world whether these networks are in the structure of the city, the mind, or the internet.Whitman says, "In my re-imagined places, shape and shadow interact invoking memory, presence, and absence."
Whitman has exhibited internationally, most recently in The Art of Mapping at Tag Fine Arts in London. She has had two solo shows at the Christopher Henry Gallery in New York.Her other recent exhibitions include the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Scope Miami, the Boston Center for the Arts, Whitespace (Atlanta), Pierogi Gallery (Brooklyn), Wheaton College, the Boston Drawing Project, Clark University, The McMullen Museum of Art, the Southeastern Louisiana Contemporary Art Gallery, and Harvard College. Whitmanís work was featured in Katharine Harmonís book The Map as Art, New York: Princeton Architectural Press, 2009. In 2007 Whitman completed a commission for the City of Cambridge, MA (Jill Brown-Rhone Park). Her public and private collections include the McMullen Museum of Art, the Boston Public Library, IBM, Simmons College, Bank of America, Boston University, the Federal Reserve, JP Morgan Chase, Wellington Management, and Fidelity Investments. She graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Whitman is a recipient of the Clarissa Bartlett Traveling Scholarship awarded by the Trustees of the Museum of Fine Arts. She is a faculty member at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.
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