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Andrea Heimer’s Suburban Mythology @Parlor Gallery

The Sunshine Cult Used The Patterson's Den For A Meeting Room And Spent A Lot Of Time Redecorating Because Its 31 Members Had A Hard Time Agreeing On Anything" 11x14" acrylic/pencil on wood

The Sunshine Cult Used The Patterson’s Den For A Meeting Room And Spent A Lot Of Time Redecorating Because Its 31 Members Had A Hard Time Agreeing On Anything” 11×14″ acrylic/pencil on wood

As if the suburbs didn’t have a bad enough rap, Andrea Heimer goes and takes a delightfully sardonic jab at the lives of its residents with her upcoming solo show at Parlor Gallery: Suburban Mythology.

Her cheery small scale paintings are humorously dark while undressing the façade of normal white-picket fence wholesomeness in a perverse and yet strangely appealing way. With long painting titles that read like the opening lines of a David Sedaris essay it’s not hard to believe that her therapist checks her website for new work before sessions. Or that her story boarded strange tales that deal in adult topics – told in childlike tones is attracting collectors like Paul Simon.

Suburban Mythology is full of urban legends, real things that happened, something a friend told Heimer or things she went through. “In my neighborhood there were people having affairs, people who believed in UFO’s. It’s a little bit real, a little bit hyperbole, a little bit my own neurosis. Sometimes it’s a little memory of something weird my family said or did. I have to see the picture very clearly in my head before I begin to paint. I’ve had people come up to me and say “I know that street” or “I know those people.” So suburbia must be weird universally.”

Suburban Mythology opens at Parlor Gallery on February 1st, 2013 7-11pm

"Winter Séance With Two Ghosts" 11x14" acrylic/pencil on board

“Winter Séance With Two Ghosts” 11×14″ acrylic/pencil on boar

- "In The Summer Of 1989 Mr. McManus Cut Down A Rosebush That Was Growing Directly On The Border Between The McManus's Back Yard And The Black's Back Yard. The Resulting Donnybrook Was The Most Brutal Thing Us Kids Had Ever Seen In Real Life. Years Later I Figured Out The Fight Wasn't Really About Roses." 16x20" acrylic/pencil on board

– “In The Summer Of 1989 Mr. McManus Cut Down A Rosebush That Was Growing Directly On The Border Between The McManus’s Back Yard And The Black’s Back Yard. The Resulting Donnybrook Was The Most Brutal Thing Us Kids Had Ever Seen In Real Life. Years Later I Figured Out The Fight Wasn’t Really About Roses.” 16×20″ acrylic/pencil on board

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