With work by Delaney Allen, Amy Bernstein, Michelle Blade, Francesca Capone, Emily Counts, Carson Ellis, Ty Ennis, Jaik Faulk, John Gnorski, Lilian Martinez, William Matheson, Nathan Paul Rice, Annie Swiderski, Shohei Takasaki, Kate Towers, and Lindsey Cuenca Walker 

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On view June 8–June 25, 2019
Opening reception Wednesday, June 12 (5–7 p.m.)
Book Club discussion with Felicity Fenton Tuesday, June 25 (6:30 p.m.) 

A few years ago, we asked ourselves: What is the true function of a gallery? As we dove deep into this question it became clear that for Nationale, art and community are inextricably linked. It’s the casual conversations between strangers as they take in a show; it’s the friendships that form over cups of instant French coffee; it’s the artists we work with showing up for each other; it’s the everyday and the every so often. 

This month we are celebrating and honoring the countless real life connections that our Division space has fostered over the past five years before our move back to East Burnside in September. Assembly showcases the work of 16 artists and offers a curated selection of some gallery favorites. Please join us for a month of community and celebration as we usher in a new era of Nationale. As a valued community member, this is your opportunity to support Nationale as we make this exciting transition. 

In honor of IRL connections, we have selected the beautiful chapbook, User Not Found by Portland writer, Felicity Fenton (Future Tense Books) for this month’s Book Club.* User Not Found astutely examines the ugly hold that digital life has over us, and reminds us that real life experiences and interactions are the true spice of life.

*Every month we select a book that relates thematically to our exhibition to fuel conversation across disciplines. Please email to participate.