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Heidi Neff
updated: 02/17/2009
website: www.heidineff.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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010208 (from 20 Days of Apathy series)
010508 (from 20 Days of Apathy series)
010808 (from 20 Days of Apathy Series)
010908 (from 20 Days of Apathy series)
011108 (from 20 days of Apathy series)
011308 (from 20 Days of Apathy series)
011408 (from the 20 Days of Apathy Series)
011508 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series)
011807 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series)
012008 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series)
Just Violence and God
Kindling
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  figurative, erotic, political, autobiographical
 
 
010208 (from 20 Days of Apathy series) by Heidi Neff
010208 (from 20 Days of Apathy series)
graphite on paper
2008
39.5" x  27.5" 
010508 (from 20 Days of Apathy series) by Heidi Neff
010508 (from 20 Days of Apathy series)
charcoal and prismacolor marker on paper
2008
29.5" x  27.5" 
010808 (from 20 Days of Apathy Series) by Heidi Neff
010808 (from 20 Days of Apathy Series)
Charcoal and graphite on paper
2008
39.5" x  27.5" 
010908 (from 20 Days of Apathy series) by Heidi Neff
010908 (from 20 Days of Apathy series)
Charcoal and cut paper collage on paper
2008
29.5" x  27.5" 
011108 (from 20 days of Apathy series) by Heidi Neff
011108 (from 20 days of Apathy series)
Marker and India ink on paper
2008
39.5" x  27.5" 
011308 (from 20 Days of Apathy series) by Heidi Neff
011308 (from 20 Days of Apathy series)
Marker on paper
2008
33.5" x  27.5" 
011408 (from the 20 Days of Apathy Series) by Heidi Neff
011408 (from the 20 Days of Apathy Series)
Graphite and ink on paper
2008
33.5" x  27.5" 
011508 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series) by Heidi Neff
011508 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series)
Ink and graphite on paper
2008
33.5" x  27.5" 
011807 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series) by Heidi Neff
011807 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series)
graphite on paper
2008
33.5" x  27.5" 
012008 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series) by Heidi Neff
012008 (from the 20 Days of Apathy series)
Graphite and ink on paper
2008
33.5" x  27.5" 
Just Violence and God by Heidi Neff
Just Violence and God
graphite, ink and shellac on paper
2007
52" x  48" 
Kindling by Heidi Neff
Kindling
graphite on paper
2007
40" x  60" 

Artist Statement
My work is personal, socially relevant and sincere, yet often very funny.

Religion, sex, and politics often act as substitutes for true passion. I often weave personal stories
and fantasies into the framework of traditional religious art and contemporary images of passion,
such as pop icons, sex manuals and media images.

My search for meaning has always inspired my work, but it is increasingly hard for me to know
what I am supposed to care about.

Through sources such as CNN breaking news, we get constant reminders that people are dying in
wars and natural disasters alongside celebrity gossip. Britney Spears’ latest breakdown gets equal
weight as a tsunami that killed over 170,000 people.

My most recent drawings and paintings juxtapose headlines and to-do lists and diaristic drawings
of non-eventful days. By doing this, I hope to expose my own apathy and possibly find a way
out of it.

Artist Bio / CV

Born: Berrien Center, Michigan
Lives and works: Brooklyn, NY and Bel Air, MD
 
Selected One and Two Person Exhibitions

2007     Dirty, Sub-Basement Artist Studios, Baltimore, Maryland
             Headlines, Los Medanos College Art Gallery,     Pittsburg, California
            Veils and Lamentations, City Arts Gallery, City College of San Francisco, San Francisco,  California

2005     New Paintings Breaking Tradition, 21 Grand, Oakland, California
             H-Hour, Oculus Gallery, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
2002     Figures in Space, Byron Burford Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2001     Love Story, Eve Drewelowe Gallery, Iowa City, Iowa
2000     Romantic, Southlynn Studios, Champaign, Illinois

Selected Group Exhibitions


2008    Overload, Athica, Athens, Georgia.
             Ides of March, ABC No Rio, New York, New York
2006     Con-sume, Flashpoint Art Gallery, Washington DC
            Arts Council @ Grace, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston, Virginia. Juror: Jack Rasmussen

2005    Unlocked: Open Exhibition 2005, Arts Council of Fairfax County, Verizon Gallery, North Virginia Community College, Annandale, Virginia. Juror: Andrea Pollan
           Taboo, Studio Montclair at Gallery 214, Montclair, New Jersey. Juror: Jerry Saltz

2004     Elective Acts, 605 E. Grant St., Phoenix, Arizona

2002     Fan Art, curated by Jon Haddock, Lo Do Studio: Contemporary Art Gallery, Phoenix, Arizona.
             New American Paintings: MFA 2002, Boston, MA: Open Studios Press. Print exhibition. Juror: Lisa Dennison

Education

2002     MFA in Painting and Printmaking. University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa

1994     BFA in Painting. University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Urbana, Illinois

 Selected Bibliography

Gershwin Justin, “American Dirt: Jessie Lehson, Heidi Neff and the making of “Dirty”, Bmore Art (http://bmoreart.blogspot.com/2007/05/dirty-opens-june-9-at-sba-studios.html), June 9, 2007

Cudlin, Jeffry, “Consume”, Washington City Paper, December 15, 2006

Dawson, Jessica, “First Impressions, Second Thoughts”, Washington Post, December 9, 2006

Young, Joseph, “Cathedrals of Pornography: The Paintings of Heidi Neff”, Baltimore Interview (Http://baltimoreinterview.blogspot.com), October, 2006