TONIGHT // DELANEY ALLEN AT OUR NEW LOCATION
From transportive natural vistas to staged studio tableaux, the enigmatic scenes on view within Delaney Allen’s exhibition Getting Lost at Nationale trace a personal, yet familiar, journey. After experiencing multiple deaths and sorrows, Allen felt isolated within grief. However, inspired by passages from Rebecca Solnit’s A Field Guide to Getting Lost, he sought solace from the stasis of his past amidst the unrestrained present of the road.
Upon first glance, Allen’s photographs from this process reflect the indoctrinated spirit of American exploration- Manifest Destiny, Ansel Adams, On the Road. However, prolonged examination reveals a more peculiar symbolism. The magnificent peaks and ethereal skies, alongside his experiments with synthetic light, color, and texture, are haunted by a bodily presence. Everyday rock accumulations and peculiar plant growths assume traces of the human hand while still-lifes of kitschy fabric and sculptural talisman emerge as chaotic altars to bygone loves. While Allen can never return to the specific moments or spirits captured within each image, he appears to learn to accept such loss through the controlled construction of photographic memories. As Solnit explains, “…the art is not one of forgetting but letting go.”
Born in Fort Worth, TX, Delaney Allen received his MFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2010. His photographs have been shown nationally and internationally. He was listed in Magenta’s Flash Forward emerging photographers list of 2013 and attended photographer Alec Soth’s Camp For Socially Awkward Storytellers that same year. Allen currently lives and works in Portland, OR, where he is represented by Nationale.
On view October 11 - November 17, 2014
Opening reception Friday, October 10 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
This will be Nationale’s inaugural exhibition at 3360 SE Division
ALL THE (NEW) LADIES
A bit of press this morning in the Portland Tribune. Excited to be part of this new, all women-owned, local business cluster at 3360 SE Divison. More HERE
MYRANDA GILLIES // EXHIBITION IMAGES
North wall, installation shot [Fade 008 and Untitled (lava rocks)]
Untitled (lava rocks) / displayed amongst their natural counterparts
New Born Free
Linen, synthetic hair
25.5 x 35”
East wall, installation shot (Fade 005, Fade 006, and Fade 009)
Untitled (Cyclone 2)
46 x 89”
Myranda Gillies’ Primary Motions, on view through September 28, 2014.
Images by Mario Gallucci.
OUR LAST FIRST FRIDAY AT 811 // MYRANDA GILLIES
Please join us this First Friday (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.) as we celebrate our last reception at the 811 building with weavings and sculptures by Myranda Gillies. The exhibition is curated by Gabi Lewton-Leopold and runs through September 28. Thank you, Burnside, for 6 great years!
MYRANDA GILLIES: Primary Motions
On view September 3 - September 28, 2014
Opening reception First Friday, September 5 (6 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Primary Motions, an exhibition of new work by Myranda Gillies, speaks to a fascination with natural phenomena and a desire to replicate and solidify collected objects and moments.
For her woven Fades, Gillies works with sunset imagery culled from her personal archive and the internet—an image search of “sunset” reveals a pervasive cultural obsession. As the loom acts as a printer of sorts, the completed Fades have a pixilated quality—a network of fibers shifting in tone and coalescing into abstraction.
Gillies’s brass lava rocks recall the staple item of any childhood collection of natural objects; the old age and physical lightness of volcanic rock is always a revelation. By casting them in brass, Gillies alters their basic significance, creating an object that will perhaps outlive and replace its source material. Within Primary Motions, the brass rocks are displayed in a small heap amongst their natural counterparts. This quiet gesture is Gillies’s contribution to an ongoing conversation concerning distorted reproduction and visual perception.
Primary Motions also considers the sculptural and conceptual possibilities of weaving, while referencing past traditions and processes. In New Born Free, a woven linen tapestry, synthetic hair extensions replace the horsehair often found in native weavings. As the word “weave” takes on a dual meaning, unexpected materials combined with established craft practices make for a visually compelling and humorous perspective.
Myranda Gillies lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. She holds a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gillies has exhibited in Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. This is her first exhibition in Portland, Oregon, her hometown.
New Born Free, 2013, linen, synthetic hair, 25.5 x 35 inches
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!