RIKKI ROTHENBERG // pop-up
Special pop-up exhibition August 29 & 30, 2016
Reception & performance Monday, August 29 (6-8 p.m.)
Nationale proudly presents a pop-up exhibition of new works by Rikki Rothenberg, an artist and therapist currently living in Los Angeles, CA. Between 2009 and 2012, Rothenberg had three solo exhibitions at Nationale and performed here numerous times, either solo or with her aesthetically-inclined, trans-pop-culture, dance-therapy performance group, Woolly Mammoth Comes to Dinner. We are thrilled to welcome back this old friend of the gallery!
The first I noticed it was four years ago while driving through Big Sur. From the coastal highway cliffs these majestic dusty blues and sage greens, vibrant colors set against chalky burnt sienna – were both death and aliveness. I could sit here and stare at these colors, I thought to myself. I could paint this for years. Although I have not focused on landscape or representational work, I felt as though I understood what it meant to be called to the landscape of a place.
Two years later while out walking near my home, I spotted the corpse of a seagull on the inside of the chain linked reservoir wall. I passed that corpse for months. The coyotes seemed to not have wanted this one. It decayed over time, drying out, losing its fur and turning to bone. I would walk by searching for something in this form and wondering.
That awareness of death amidst life, it was profound and humbling. My work as a therapist and artist ultimately intertwine: holding awareness for pain and potential, loss and inspiration. Noticing a breeze by the movement of the leaves, the branches, the flowers. How they dance for our attention. Aiming to replicate the experience—giving space to your lungs, back, neck, jaw, shoulder, legs, and feet. I feel it in my body, that strength and resilience, imperfectly beautiful, organized, repetitive, diverse, and specific.
Rikki Rothenberg is a visual and performance artist. She offers psychotherapy in private practice in Pasadena, CA. Rothenberg earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, and a MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She most recently presented a series of new artwork and a performance in a show entitled Divinjnowshoe supported by a residency at PAM. She lives in Los Angeles, CA.
JEFFREY KRIKSCIUN // sensitive pop-up
On view July 26–August 3, 2015
Opening reception Sunday, July 26 (2–5 p.m.)
During his summer 2015 residency at Nationale, our friend Jeffrey Kriksciun will make a batch of his highly coveted bleached shirts, as well as a new installation, that will make you forget for a second that it's no longer the Portland of 2002. So come hang out with him Sunday, July 26 (2–5 p.m.). Music by Brian Mumford and refreshments generously provided by Spielman Bagels!
Following a nomadic zeal for new territories and experiences, Edward Jeffrey Kriksciun is an artist currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. An experimenter of sorts, naivete is his philosophy and the zine the main container for his musings, the latest being Fragile Jazz published by the Zurich-based Nieves. His visual art was previously shown at Nationale in 2009, 2011, and 2014.
KATE TOWERS // soft serve pop-up
On view July 8–25, 2015
Opening reception Thursday, July 9 (5–7:30 p.m.)
Nationale is excited to announce a special July pop-up with clothing designer and artist Kate Towers. Filling the gallery with hand-painted fabric and garments cut from the same cloth, Towers will create a dynamic visual environment. With this project, she revisits and expands on her 2012 installation for Content at the Ace Hotel in which two women inhabited a room wearing her designs cut from the same green floral textile that covered the walls and furniture, creating a stage at once eerie and enchanting. At Nationale, this concept will be explored further with the use of Towers’ hand-painted textile, and with an added participatory element, as visitors will be encouraged to try on the garments and pose in the installation. With a few more items for sale that she has selected from her studio to fit with the mood of the installation, Soft Serve is representative of her desire to experiment and play with the space where art, clothing, and commerce converge.
Self taught through experimentation, an artist vision, and hands on execution, Kate Towers creates non-seasonal one of a kind clothing and is currently working on a new line of limited edition pieces. From its conception in 2000 until spring of 2007, Towers was co-founder and co-owner of seaplane, a renowned specialty shop in Portland featuring local designers and an intriguing collection of hand-made clothing. It is there that she developed her own line and helped inspire the fashion scene that is now Portland. Before re-locating to Portland in 1998, Towers studied illustration and fine arts at The New England School of Art and Design in Boston. She works out of her studio—located at 1215 SE 8th, Suite C—during the hours of Portland Public School. Visitors welcome!
Soft Serve featured in Marjorie Skinner's Sold Out column in the
READING WITH TOM SPANBAUER
Nationale proudly presents a special reading by Portland writer and teacher, Tom Spanbauer this Wednesday, May 20, 2015 (7:30 p.m.) at the gallery.
Spanbauer is an American writer whose work often explores issues of sexuality, race, and the ties that bind disparate people together. Raised in Idaho, Spanbauer has lived in Kenya and across the United States. He lives in Portland, Oregon, where he teaches a course titled dangerous writing. He graduated in 1988 from Columbia with an MFA in Fiction and has written five novels, including I Loved You More (Hawthorne Books), from which he will read. Spanbauer is the recent recipient of the Stewart H. Holbrook Literary Legacy Award for outstanding contributions to Oregon’s literary life.
“It is a terrifying thing to bring your inner life out of the closet and read it aloud to a group… Because I encourage excellence, and each of us has our own excellent, and excellence only comes with not being afraid of who you are. To learn to speak your truth honestly with a clear voice takes lots of practice, and every trick in the book to keep you going down the arduous, cruel, lonely, glorious path of a writer.”
–Tom Spanbauer, on the dangerous writing technique
ILYAS AHMED // PERFORMANCE & RELEASE PARTY
Please join us Thursday, May 14, 2015 at 7 p.m. as we celebrate the release of Ilyas Ahmed’s new album, I Am All Your Own.
“Ilyas’ music is in service to dream investigation, at once still and impermanent as an August cloud and then sweeping like a strange breeze through your thoughts. “I Am All Your Own” will wrap you in serenity but is aware that any second now you may escape. Music of a sweet morning, and unforgettable.” –Thurston Moore
Last image Asif Ahmed
PORTLAND GARMENT FACTORY // BIG SHIRT pop-up
April 22–26, 2015
Reception Thursday, April 23 (4–8 p.m.)
Nationale is excited to host Big Shirt, a pop-up shop and installation with our friends from Portland Garment Factory (PGF). For five days only, PGF will fill the gallery with designs from their in-house, women’s wear collection. Big Shirt will feature selections from PGF’s past and current collections, as well as a rack of experimental garments made in one hour or less exclusively for the pop-up. In honor of PGF’s ethos of “fit, finishing, and fun” Big Shirt will also include a REALLY BIG SHIRT for your viewing enjoyment.
Portland Garment Factory (PGF) is an independent, lady-owned garment manufacturer in Portland, Oregon. PGF launched their women’s wear line, Portland Garment Factory HouseLine in 2012 for women who move through the world with intention, humor, and ease.