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Adrift "Ice Melt", 2016, 20" x 20", oil on panel.

Jack Fischer Gallery is pleased to present "adrift", a solo exhibition by Heather Wilcoxon. The show will take place at our 311 Potrero gallery and will run through July 29, 2017. Join us for the opening reception on Saturday, June 17, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Even though being surrounded by water most of her life and crossing the Pacific Ocean twice, the artist did not focus on painting boats as her primary subject until a few years ago. Gone are the quirky humorous cartoon imagery, and the chatter and busyness that have been mined to great effect. Ironically, it is this new direction that has grounded her work more than ever. The fragility of the boat hulls in conflict with the strength of the ocean and has brought Wilcoxon’s work to an arena rich with power. Still concerned with communicating a sense of identity and reflecting on the human condition, there is a distinctively different mood portrayed in the current series. There is more darkness, and a deep, quiet sadness. She photographs boats, boat yards, and old hulls in and around her waterfront neighborhood and then draws from memory or dives right into a painting. According to Wilcoxon, “I felt that the boat form could be explored on many levels: the metaphor of decay, my dealings with cancer, to dealing with our current federal administration. And the physical beauty that surrounds me is ever changing – the tide comes in, the tide goes out. The wind, the fog, the light, the clouds, the winters, the bird migrations, the marsh by my boat – all affect my daily practice.”

Wilcoxon received her MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1988. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally. Her work is in several permanent collections including The American University Museum, Washington DC, The Fine Arts Museum, Achenbach Foundation of Graphic Arts in San Francisco, the Di Rosa Preserve in Napa, the de Saisset Museum, and the Triton Museum in Santa Clara. She has taught at the College of Marin, UC Berkeley Extension, San Francisco Art Institute, JFK University, California College of the Arts, Center for the Book, National Institute of Art and Disabilities and The Richmond Art Center. This exhibit will be in conjunction with "At Sea", a solo exhibition of Heather Wilcoxon’s work at the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art opening June 25 through September 10, 2017.