CARI VANDER YACHT // breaking bad

On view September 7 - October 3, 2012

Opening reception for the artist First Friday, September 7, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m.

In a nod to the messy mediums of our youth, artist Cari Vander Yacht's second solo exhibition at Nationale, Breaking Bad, features a cheerful menagerie of paper mâché masks and ceramic bling. Placed atop colorful, digital prints, these objects operate as giddy riffs on contemporary consumerism, while their three-dimensional terrain allows Vander Yacht to exaggerate her usually precise painting style into a looser, more animated aesthetic. iPhones and dollar signs hang like hip-hop talismans from chunky chains. Painted flippantly in golden washes, their blaring artificiality instantly denies any assumed material value. Meanwhile, inspired by miniature cartoon figures collected at flea markets, the masks' purposely off-center features offer up absurd translations of pop culture icons. Together, like the best inside jokes, Vander Yacht's creations encourage us to reconnect with our surroundings through both humor and a questioning eye.

NATIONALE 09, a catalog for the exhibition, is now available.

Cari Vander Yacht is a visual artist and art director originally from Portland, Oregon now residing in Amsterdam, NL. Her work has previously been shown in Portland, Oregon and Stockholm, Sweden. In addition to her fine art practice, she curated and published Does This Make It Better? featuring 28 Portland artists, as well as art directed and performed in Ugly Face Wednesday from 2009 to 2010. Her illustrations have recently appeared in BUST and Wilder Quarterly. Vander Yacht is represented by Nationale in Portland, Oregon.

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