Scenes From Late Capitalism
February 3-March 10, 2017
Reception: Friday, February 3, 6:00-8:00pm
The Brookline Arts Center is pleased to present Scenes From Late Capitalism by Nathan Heuer.
"The New Rural Economy," watercolor and graphite on paper
"Signs," watercolor and graphite on paper
Heuer's work is largely concerned with the role of architecture in society as a symbol of cultural values and history.
"Architecture represents a significant investment of time, resources and design knowledge, and while we celebrate this fact in the achievements of our celebrity architects, we are less apt to acknowledge the achievement inherent in our more utilitarian structures. The American landscape, in fact, is full of contemporary ruins of factories, hotels, schools and other architecture that has fallen by the wayside in an aggressively consumerist society. Each of these abandoned structures forms the nucleus of a small narrative, often one of lost livelihoods, budgetary cuts and dying industries.
I choose to decontextualize the subject of each drawing, removing the structure from its surroundings and isolating it on a white ground. This aesthetic decision is intended to echo the fragmentary picture of history that we are presented with in a museum, where isolated artifacts are meant to tell us the story of an unfamiliar culture. I use mechanical perspective as a means of meditating on the design process that went into the commonplace structures that I depict. Perspective is not only a visualization tool employed by architects, but also a process that helps me to fundamentally understand the space that I am depicting. It is my hope that through these drawings viewers will reconsider the deeper cultural significance of these structures and the ramifications of the intensive capitalism that shapes contemporary American life."
Heuer is an Assistant Professor and Drawing Area Head at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He earned his BFA and MFA from the Kendall College of Art & Design in Grand Rapids, MI.
Selected exhibitions include Common Ground (two person exhibition with Brynn Stirrup-Higgins), Union Gallery, ARC, Queen's University, Kingston, ON, Canada 2015; Opposite Extremes (two person exhibition with Shreepad Joglekar), Public Exhibition Space, John Lennon Art & Design Building, Liverpool John Moores University, Liverpool, UK; Art of the State Juried Exhibition, The State Museum of Pennsylvania, Harrisburg, PA Juror: Linda Francis; Texas Draws II (invitational), Southwest School of Art, San Antonio, TX Juror: Kathy Armstrong 2011; and Artifacts (invitational), The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI Jurors: Lea Bult and Vince Mountain.