This month, September 3-24, 2011, San Francisco artist Jessica Hess is having her first solo show at White Walls Gallery. For the subject of her paintings, Hess chooses to portray abandoned, dilapidated structures which bear the mark of urban ruin in the form of graffiti. The uniqueness of Hess’ work lies in her skillful attention to detail, or hyper-realism, she uses to depict her subject matter. Hess’ paintings almost appear to be a 1-way mirror to an outside world which most of us would drive by without noticing.
Hess recently said in an interview with White Walls, “You have the architect who designed the building, the street artists that alter its surface, Mother Nature tearing it all down, and me, taking it all in. These locations are really all I notice in a city. I am not your typical tourist. I go right to the worst neighborhoods and industrial wastelands on the outskirts of town.” Totting a camera, Hess seeks out forgotten places to record. Some of her paintings closely follow her photographs, others are the product of her subconscious compilation of many photographs taken along with memories of her urban wanderings.
“It Finds You” will be showing at the White Walls Gallery in San Francisco through September 24, 2011.