LINDSAY KENNEDY // pattern assembly


On view January 12 - February 17, 2013
Opening reception for the artist Saturday, January 12 (6 p.m. - 9 p.m.)

From our contemporary vantage, the Eighties appear as a pastel-hued memory of deliciously bad taste and flashy materialism. Harkening to this selective nostalgia for Versace windbreakers and Giorgio Moroder synths, artist Lindsay Kennedy’s second solo exhibition at Nationale, Pattern Assembly, offers a similar reimagining of the decade’s more flamboyant pretenses. 

Like elaborate costume jewelry, the luxurious brushstrokes of her painted canvases burst with milky swipes in girly nail polish shades. However, despite their stately swirls, these pieces consciously lack the casual glamour of those born into money. Meanwhile, her digital prints appropriate architectural and design details from Miami Vice alongside such visual archetypes of South Beach excess as a hazy, rising sun seeping through the blinds. The resulting body of work effectively sets the scene for fun, money and, perhaps more subtly, the inevitable emotional wreckage caused by such nouveau riche tendencies. For, while exhilarating, the gaudy grandeur is really only a façade. 

Lindsay Kennedy lives and works in Portland, Oregon. She received her BFA from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 2009. Her work was previously shown at New American Art Union, Nationale, and PNCA for the 2010 exhibition Perspectives on Non-Objective, Abstract, Experimental Painting. While Kennedy focuses on painting, her work represents a hybridization of multiple mediums and multiple meanings.


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