MATTHEW KYBA // “IN CONVERSATION”
On view August 24 - August 31, 2014
Opening reception Sunday, August 24 (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.)
Spanning nearly 4 months of involvement within the Portland arts scene, toronto-based curator Matthew Kyba had the idea to create and produce a publication that would feature a selected group of some of the dynamic artists he encountered during his stay. In Conversation is the culmination of recorded interviews with Nationale’s Delaney Allen, Ty Ennis, and Jaik Faulk about their artistic practices. Here, the three artists contextualize their works and processes while providing information that is both personal and relatable.
This project was beautifully designed by Veronika Ivanova and will additionally have an accompanying pop-up exhibition of large-scale reproductions. We hope you can join us to see the results and say good-bye to Kyba. We will miss you, Matt!
LAST DAY: MASSIF CENTRAL POP-UP
So happy we were able to host this pop-up show with Brooklyn’s Massif Central. Meeting Tessa Perutz was terribly inspiring and the gallery had a great energy all week. Thanks for making this happen, universe!
Ellen Berkenblit (courtesy Anton Kern Gallery)
Jonas Wood (courtesy Anton Kern Gallery/David Kordansky Gallery)
Chris lux (courtesy Jancar Jones Gallery)
Joshua Abelow (courtesy James Fuentes)
Keegan McHargue (courtesy Fredericks & Freiser)
A few scarves are available at Nationale for a couple more weeks. They are about 35 x 35”, 100% silk, $200. The Jonas Wood one is sold out.
ANNOUNCING SPECIAL MASSIF CENTRAL POP-UP AT NATIONALE
On view August 16 - August 23, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, August 16 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Established in 2013, Massif Central is a Brooklyn-based company that produces 100% silk scarves by contemporary artists. Interested in the trajectory of traditional French silk scarf-making, Massif Central is named after the region in France where the artform originated. The carrés (or squares) offered here are the classic 90x90 centimeter size and feature hand sewn hems.
Massif Central works with a small group of artists, each devoted to the pursuit of their individual vision, to create a dynamic and distinct collection of high-end silk artworks and blur the lines between modern design, timeless fashion, and contemporary art-making methodologies.. Each artist’s design has been produced in an edition of 50, with hand numbered labels.
Massif Central’s entire first collection will be shown at Nationale. It includes designs by Portland native Keegan McHargue (Fredericks & Freiser), as well as Joshua Abelow, Ellen Berkenblit (Anton Kern Gallery), Ry Fyan, Chris Lux (Jancar Jones Gallery), and Jonas Wood (Anton Kern Gallery/David Kordansky Gallery).
“There have been a few opportunities in the past to do projects within the realm of fashion, but I never fully committed to them because it wasn’t clear why my work belonged on this or that,” said McHargue, whose paintings and drawings depict an often flattened, surreal universe. “With this project I didn’t hesitate, because I’ve always wanted to make a silk scarf. It’s a perfect setting for an artwork, and I myself have been influenced deeply by the tradition of bold, popping prints, a la Hermes.” —-In the Air, artinfo.com (April 18, 2014)
Image: Jonas Wood, courtesy of Massif Central
LIGHT YEARS : INSTALL SHOTS
All above images by Marshall Scheider. Make sure to stop by before August 14 to see Light Years, new work by photographers Jake Arcularius, Marshall Scheider, and John Voves.
Excited to announce that Nationale will be moving to a new home this fall. The space, located at 3360 SE Division, will be a bit bigger than what we currently have at 811. This will allow the gallery to have its own small back-room, which the public will be able to peruse, as well as for more breathing room in general in the shop. We are starting to gear up for this new adventure by adding more products and publications to our shelves, as well as adjusting the dates of our visual arts programming. Stay tuned for more info!
PHOTOS + INTERVIEW ON PORTLAND SUPPLY CO.
Portland Supply Co. came to visit last month when we were showing Annie McLaughlin’s work. Mikola and Jacquelyn were such fun guests and took sweet photos of our space. An interview with yours truly follows.
Read it HERE.
And like with most interviews, you kind of always want to go back and add more. Here I’d say that besides Britt Howard, I’m inspired in general by all the hard working women in Portland who run their businesses in a non-bitchy, non-shit-talking way, who stay focused on their vision, who kindly support one another, who look stunning day and night. Looking at you Holly Stalder, Giovanna Parolari, Honey Owens, Eloise Augustyn, Hilary Horvath, Maya Rose, Jane Beebe, Megan Arambul-Ficken, Amy Adams!!!!!
JOIN US THIS FRIDAY 7/18 (6 - 8 P.M.)
LIGHT YEARS | Jake Arcularius, Marshall Scheider, & John Voves
On view July 16 - August 14, 2014
Opening reception Friday, July 18 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
With one hand he sucked a sad poem right out of America onto film…
—Jack Kerouac, 1959. Introduction to The Americans
From 1955 to 1956 Swiss photographer Robert Frank drove across the United States on a Guggenheim Fellowship, snapping the shadows of a shifting nation. The resulting publication, The Americans, forever encapsulated in black and white the stoicism of a people and a landscape caught beneath the crest of unforeseen socio-political change. Frank’s subtle compositions reverberate with an elegiac iconography that continues to impinge upon viewers the melancholic heart of American existence.
The three American photographers on view within the group exhibition Light Years at Nationale offer evocative ties to this monumental series. While highlighting the beloved binaries of a vast nation, the images of Jake Arcularius, Marshall Scheider, and John Vovesultimately transcend specific times and places as homages to the collective, unwritten histories of everyday American life. As reflected within their camera lenses, like within Frank’s mid-century meditations, the roads still beckon, dusty motels and suburban homes still shelter the weary, and, despite our technological prowess, family, religion, and tradition still carry us forward.
Image: Marshall Scheider, Sink in Reno, NV, 2013, archival ink jet print, 11 x 16”
BASTILLE DAY SALE
Take 15% off your French purchases this weekend (espadrilles, NUXE, Marseille soap, candy, etc…). Spend $100 or more and get a courtesy Nationale tote (ode to Godard by I Miss You Already & Nationale)
Had a fantastic study visit with represented artist Elizabeth Malaska last week. Here’s a sneak peek of the new work she will be presenting at Nationale this fall. Stay tuned!