Sellars Project Space is an elegant little gallery in the west sides Berkeley neighborhood that was founded by artist and arts promoter Jimmy Sellars. His latest offering, Heidi Jung, is a self-titled solo dedicated to a Colorado artist whose work has been all over town lately, with examples at Ironton and the Center for Visual Art in addition to this show. Jung combines the influence of abstract-expressionism with an interest in botany in works done in ink and charcoal on vellum thats been mounted on panels so they look like paintings.
Ive yet to put them in a stylistic category, explains Jung. Theyre representational and theyre not; theres a looseness to them. My idols are Motherwell and Dine. The series Im focusing on right now is based on images from a 70s houseplant book. Ive been working on the series for a while, and in the process, Ive tried to become an expert on plants.
Gallery director Sellars is enraptured by Jungs work. A lot of people believe that Heidis pieces are either complex renditions of nature or a discussion on the fading of beauty, muses Sellars. But I think the truth, as always, lies somewhere in the middle. Personally, I see them as representing the Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi. Her pieces exude imperfection, impermanence and transience in a nice way, of course and while aesthetically, each piece offers its own form of beauty, they also radiate sadness and a longing for more.