The Shooting Gallery invited some ladies to strut their stuff at the opening of their two newest shows this last weekend here in San Francisco. With Charmaine Olivia’s Bloom filling the main gallery and Andrea Heimer’s Sex in Suburbia in the project space, the back of the gallery was filled with feminine energy.
Bloom marked Charmaine Olivia’s third solo show with the gallery and it seems like she’s been very busy in the year since her last exhibition with the gallery. She branched out from strictly doing portraits into some more smaller, somewhat abstract works, and it seems like she has a lot of fans who appreciated the show.
I was more interested in Heimer’s Sex in Suburbia as I had seen her work in the gallery’s anniversary show a few months earlier and was entranced with her simple paintings of complex narratives. They seem incredibly flat until you really look at the attention to detail in the wallpaper and smaller, subtle background aspects of them. The titles are evocative of a suburban community with deeply seeded sexual desires which may or may not have actually occurred, but nevertheless fill the fantasies o f the figures within the work. They’re simply fascinating.