Go see Nathan McKee’s Legends of the Game at our downtown cafe before it ends tomorrow evening. Comcast featured him making work in this short about fan art. Stumptown Westside curator and owner of Nationale gallery May Barruel is interviewed too.
It is not a shocker that with all the creative and talented folks here at Stumptown that their children would inherit it – whether through guidance, encouragement or just a good ‘ol natural knack.
Lila Armbrust / Lauren Baker / Francis Cornell / Jacob Daniel / Theo Daniel / Viggo Daniel / Lillian May Hooper / Poppy Jassmond / Isabel Kirbach / Moses Kirbach / Holland Lounsbury / Karen Lounsbury / Saylor Jane Manning / Mason Matthews / Lydia McCarthy / Mia Mossefin / Shelley Mossefin / Esma Mszewski / Greta Mszewski / Rita Overby / Orin Wiley Pitts / Angus Sorenson / Ava Sorenson / Phoenix Spier / Rowan Spier / Emma Ulrich / Ezrah Weiler / Juniper Weiler / Lucien Wick
Envision an Icelandic winter. It is dark, vast, gritty and tempestuous. With as much as 20 hours of darkness a day, you lose your sense of time during the long nights. The total absence of light is especially evident in remote northern towns, like Skagaströnd, where the surrounding mountains and fjords block even the slimmest sliver of sun on the horizon. Life seems to slow down during the long hours of solitude. This body of work, ARTEMIS, has its roots in the internal disorientation Ali Gradisher experienced during January and February 2013 at the Nes Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland.
It is not uncommon to find large animal bones strewn about Iceland’s rugged terrain or washed up on the beach. For Ali, the bones seemed to be symbolic of a particularly guttural and keenly alive part of life that is characteristic to Iceland. She chose to magnify and play with bone motifs to express her impressions of Iceland’s wildly elemental and exposed landscape.
The cyanotypes in ARTEMIS commemorate a season of making, process and storytelling. Each of these cyanotypes were created in reaction to the one made before it. Because Ali abandoned traditional cyanotype processes and chose instead to paint, not print, with the chemicals, these pieces are evidence of both external and internal landscapes. What you see in this work is symbolic of place, remoteness, darkness and wild grit. As a result of the experimental processes harnessed to create each piece, this work questions the basic constitution of a cyanotype.
ARTEMIS was funded in part by a 2013 Professional Development Grant through the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland, OR.
We’re beyond excited for our friends over at Ace Hotel opening the doors of their latest outpost in LA in the coming days. We also can hardly wait for the rebirth of the United Artists Theater, a noble building with a storied past. For the theater’s opening on Valentine’s Day, well-loved space rock band Spiritualized will perform its critically acclaimed album Ladies & Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space in its entirety, accompanied by a full orchestra and choir. (For the record, when the Artists Theater originally opened in 1927, it debuted with My Best Girl starring Mary Pickford and Buddy Rogers.)
The hotel cafe and restaurant LA Chapter will serve up Stumptown coffee, if you need yet another reason to get there as soon as doors open to the public January 13.Photo by @ladyconnie. Photo by @lachapterca. Photo by @sambrano. Photo by @katlynhasinstagram.
For Legends of the Game, Nathan Mckee’s new work on basketball, the artist has visited some of his favorite moments in the NBA. Using just an X-Acto knife and paper, McKee hopes to reproduce the excitement of the game and to share his admiration for the court’s already established legends, as much as for the young up-and-comers.
Nathan McKee lives and works in Portland, Oregon. His illustrations and paper cutouts utilize simple lines and flat color, and are inspired by comics, sports, music, and other elements of popular culture. His works have been included in the Adidas Dikembe Mutombo campaign, as well as exhibitions in Portland, Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Boston, and Switzerland. McKee has studied at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and currently runs the website www.fakeyrowndeath.com.
More of his work can be seen on www.nathan-mckee.tumblr.com
For more information and images, please contact email@example.com
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“My first camera was a cheap little point and shoot given to me by my uncle. I was 8 years old and on my first trip to Taiwan, the birth place of my mother. Receiving this gift while visiting a new and foreign land sparked an early compulsion to document my explorations through photographs.
Having traveled the world I decided to spend this past year focusing on places closer to home. States with which I have a personal and spiritual connection. Documenting them through the eye of the camera much the way I have with my travels since early childhood. I took a second look at landscapes I thought I knew. This journey has brought me closer to what I already cherished and what I consider “My Coast.”
The concept of a nature study is dear to me as it focuses on the beauty and appreciation of one’s surroundings rather than the scientific formalities. I liken this to my methods of photo taking – the technical side being less important than the composition of the subject and the connection I feel whilst taking photos. I choose to be informal and uninhibited by rules. It is more about an idea and an art rather than a science, keeping it free and unrestrained, right where I like it.”
- Jenny Simmons
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