Fight!: Work by Andrea Heimer at Rare Device

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San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Fight!: Work by Andrea Heimer. The work will occupy the Rare Device gallery March 2 – 28, 2010. A reception for the show will be held Friday, March 19 from 7 - 9 pm.

San Francisco design store and gallery, Rare Device, is proud to present Fight!: Work by Andrea Heimer. The work will occupy the Rare Device gallery March 2 – 28, 2010. A reception for the show will be held Friday, March 19 from 7 - 9 pm.

Andrea Heimer (http://www.andreaheimer.com) is a native Montanan who traded the Wild West for the rainy Northwest in 2004. She grew up spending summers with her grandmother in the tiny mountain town of Lincoln, Montana where she spent blissfully long hours drawing by day and falling asleep to a chorus of coyotes at night. She learned to draw by tracing figures from old coloring books, National Geographics, and story books, and counts the years spent at her grandmother’s breakfast nook as the most formative in her education as a self-taught artist. She currently lives in Bellingham, Washington and can be found riding her lovely mare Dixie, performing in the band she shares with her husband, No-Fi Soul Rebellion (http://www.nofisoulrebellion.com), and of course, painting.

Recently, Andrea and her husband wrote a song for their band called “Fight!” and at once she became hooked on the concept—mulling it around and finally deciding to interpret it in her own way. Fighting is a wildly dynamic event that takes all forms: play fighting, life and death fighting, staged fighting, sports, making up after fighting, fighting between people, animals, even objects. In most cases, no matter the situation or who’s involved, the result is the same—someone wins and someone loses. When a fight is over a decision has essentially been reached, the parties involved know where they stand and a certain order is understood as a result. But before order is achieved the fight must occur. “Capturing that moment of action fascinates me, “ says Heimer. “Two halves of the same equation struggling against one another for a necessary result, one that will be a surprise to both because no matter what, no fight is a sure thing.” In a twist of fate, Heimer was injured in a riding accident while preparing for this exhibition of her work. The accident left her right hand temporarily out of commission in an unwieldy cast. As a right handed artist it was quite a blow. “The resulting struggle fits in well with the theme of the show,” says Heimer, “Me fighting ferociously with my left hand as I attempted to paint a few last pieces. I won’t tell you who won, but I am happy to report I’ve created several left-handed paintings. With any luck they’ll be the last! “

Heimers paintings will be on display in the Rare Device Gallery through March 28, 2010.

Rare Device is a store and gallery that features functional experiments and original ideas in art, design, craft and fabrication. Owners Rena Tom and Lisa Congdon constantly seek out objects that are beautiful, evocative, well constructed and thoughtful. We are pleased to bring to our San Francisco store an ever-growing roster of local, national and international artists and designers for a truly "rare" experience.

Rare Device (raredevice.net) is located at 1845 Market Street between Valencia and Guerrero Streets. Store/gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 7pm and Sunday noon to 6 pm.

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