Till the Wheels Come Off, Recent works by Deirdre White - Louie-Meager Art Gallery

  • Exhibit runs: November 16 - December 14, 2015
  • Open to the Public
  • Free
  • Reception and Artist Talk: Thursday, November 19 from 4:00pm - 5:30pm in the Louie-Meager Art Gallery
Drawing of a colorfulo pile of clothing.Lovey, Oil on canvas. —Courtesy of the artist Deirdre White.
Drawing of shopping cart piled high with belongings covered by red, blue, and white blankets with a human head, feet, and arms hanging from under the pile.13th Street I, Charcoal and Conti Crayon. —Courtesy of the artist Deirdre White.
Drawing of shopping cart with hooves replacing wheels filled with random items.13th Street V, Oil on canvas. —Courtesy of the artist Deirdre White.

Artist Statement: Deirdre White

All my paintings are in some way about memory and loss.

I am interested in making pictures that intertwine personal narrative with the collective cultural anxieties of California and the West. I paint stories about the visual confluences of culture and nature that result from natural and unnatural disasters, tourism, the economic migration and disparities of western America.

My latest group of paintings and drawings reference the abodes of homeless people in San Francisco. I am interested in this architecture of vulnerability made up of the ingredients for shelter and mobility. The structures are often elegantly packed to be assembled or disassembled quickly, wrapped and tied in an effort to conceal, carry, and protect. The subjects are both vehicle and dwelling, although neither, nor. The work is based on mobile carts I observed at homeless encampments near my home and studio, South of Market, Potrero Hill, Civic Center, and the Mission. My surrealist re-imagining of the subject is presented with a nod to 17th century drapery studies, or 19th century landscapes. For me, the pushcarts’ structural aspects of weight, balance, scale and tension become a visual metaphor for both a psychological state and a society on the brink of chaos, and can hopefully play a role in how we observe that which we, as a society, refuse to see.

Artist Bio: Deirdre White

A San Francisco native, Deirdre White grew up in Berkeley, CA and Philadelphia. She earned a BFA from Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and an MFA from UC Davis. She has taught painting, drawing, and design at California College of the Arts, Santa Clara University, UC Davis, and Marin College as well as City College of San Francisco and Ohlone College where she is currently an adjunct professor of drawing and design. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and recently her work has been featured on WHYY in Philadelphia’s Friday Arts program, and it appears on the album covers of Sarah Bethe Nelson’s Fast Moving Clouds, John Dwyer’s Hubba Bubba, and The Sandwitches’ Our Toast. Deirdre lives and maintains a studio in the Mission district of San Francisco with her husband, the musician Tom Heyman.