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Hearne Pardee: Just Looking
September 5 @ 11:00 am - September 30 @ 6:00 pmFree
Exhibition Dates: September 5 – 30, 2023
Opening Reception: Thurs, September 7, 5PM-8PM
Dance Performance & Gallery Talk: Sat, September 23, 4PM
Hearne Pardee expands his visual field by collaging paintings and photographs, using abstracted landscapes from a local park to expose the infrastructure of our spatial awareness – what we “see” around us when not focused on any object in particular. With his phone, Pardee records suburban pavement and vegetation along his running path around the park. He enhances the photographic frames with collages of colored paper and juxtaposes them to generate “Sidewalk Landscapes”. In the same park, he makes abstracted landscapes from a public art installation of stones aligned with the solstices, which sets the local space in a cosmic context. In his studio, Pardee extends the scope of these abstracted environments further by depicting them with rocks and bowls of water in reference to the universal elements of Asian landscape. As it expands visibility, the transparent bowl becomes an eye that returns our gaze.
Enlarged, printed on vinyl and displayed on the floor, Pardee’s elemental abstractions will also provide the armature for a dance performance on September 23, when the gallery will host a work choreographed by Dance Theater Works David Grenke. The exhibition and performance are free and open to the public.
Image: Just Looking, oil on canvas, 24”x30”, 2023