Sunday, August 29, 2010


Thanks to Ryan Sullivan, Matt Marble, David
Evans, and Emma Lipp for a great night.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

We're celebrating 6 months of the membership program!

I wanted to thank all past members for having
understood, tried, and stuck to this new system. It definitely helped a lot in this transition between the old barber shop, the space in the parking lot, and now the front space at 811. It's encouraged me to keep Nationale open and to continue offering interesting and often challenging performances in an intimate setting. I can not thank enough all the people who have played/read/danced/talked in the space and all the volunteers who have helped, especially Emma Lipp for her event curation this summer/early fall.

As with any new idea, there have definitely been a few hiccups, and so I have decided to make the events on a donation basis (but still free for members) mostly so I don't have to be a cop or deal with awkward situations when people want to be here but don't want to pay. I wish there were a way to explain how much work, energy, and money gets poured into this and how we really need all the little bits which add up at the end, to say buy a projector, or extension cords, or whatever it is that would make the events even better or help with the space in general. I guess most people get it, but for those who don't they will have the option to donate a couple dollars or watch for free if they so choose. We will continue to offer the 3 membership options for those of you who want to continue your generous support of the program. Raffles will thus still happen monthly.

raffle winners

my mom's innocent hand drew the prices today!

the traditional marseille soap goes to:
katie behel

the candy package goes to:
matthew suplee

the dermophil lipcare goes to:
jason rens

the tiga gift goes to:
cari vander yacht

the sensitive teeth toothpaste goes to:
shannon baird

the french pupil package goes to:
darrell williamson


Rob Walmart's triple vinyl review in. Come get yours if you haven't already ($30, Marriage Records).
Th[e] ending track encompasses an odyssey of affection for Lionel Richie, explaining shared experiences driving powered wheelchairs in an insane asylum while eating chips. Given that this song is underlaid with a fuzzy, tranquil synth loop, it's possible to believe in these experiences (zooming around the wards of an insane asylum) despite their absurdity. Yet “Lionel” should not be taken as an exception to the album; throughout Everybody Hurts, Rob Walmart continuously experiment with the dualities between pop and experimental music, noise and rhythm, absurdity and sentimentality. It is quite refreshing to enjoy music made for its own sake that not only avoids the boundaries of genre, but openly plays with these boundaries itself. -- Darius Sabbaghzadeh
Read the full review HERE

Friday, August 27, 2010


we'll be ending the week/month with soft music from the great memphis khan. for this performance ryan sullivan will be accompanied by matt marble.

sunday august 29th, 6pm
$3 suggested donation or free for members
this event is curated by emma lipp

Thursday, August 26, 2010

trousses d'écoliers

we found these classic pencil pouches in france from luc d'arvillers fine leather goods. can also be used as make-up bags ($18-25, sheepskin).

(old) school

i have been looking for these forever. original pupils' "draft" notebooks, with french ruled paper ($5, 96 pages).

Saturday, August 21, 2010


On view September 8 – October 3, 2010
Opening reception Friday September 10th, 6pm/8pm
Artist talk and book signing Sunday September 19th, 6pm

To celebrate the release of Dillweed’s Revenge: A deadly Dose of Magic, Nationale proudly presents a selection of Carson Ellis’ original illustrations from this book written by Florence Parry Heide in the 70’s and now published for the very first time by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Filled with nasty characters, beautiful details, and subtle humor, Dillweed’s Revenge has already received two starred reviews as well as a prestigious silver medal from The Society of Illustrators. Delightfully macabre, Ellis’ acclaimed illustrations are a perfect match to Heide’s dark and witty writing style.

"Like Dillweed, Heide and Ellis have worked a little black magic. Together, they've conjured up a delightful tale of revenge... As wickedly fun as Gorey, Dahl, or Belloc." –Lane Smith

Born in Vancouver, Canada in 1975, Carson Ellis was raised in suburban New York and college-educated at the University of Montana in Missoula, where she earned a BFA in Painting in 1998. Illustrator-in-residence for the band The Decemberists, she has created art for their album covers, t-shirts, websites, posters, and stage sets since 2001. Throughout the past decade, Ellis has exhibited original artwork at Motel Gallery, PDX Contemporary Art, Basil Hallward Gallery, Core Sample in Portland, OR, and Giant Robot in San Francisco, CA. Now happily a full-time illustrator, providing art for bestselling books such as The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart and The Composer Is Dead by Lemony Snicket, Ellis is currently working with Colin Meloy on Wildwood, a classic tale of adventure, magic, and danger set in an alternate version of modern-day Portland, Oregon. Carson Ellis lives and works in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.

Florence Parry Heide
is an award-winning author of more than a hundred children's books, including The Treehorn Trilogy, illustrated by Edward Gorey. She lives in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

nightwave catalog images online

more HERE

we are also offering a limited edition poster of the exhibit, in color and printed by justin bland, for $10.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

remember our july raffle?

dear little t croissants, france has nothing on you.
however, mom's homemade strawberry jam is going to be a hard one to beat.

Monday, August 9, 2010


Thank you OREGON PAINTING SOCIETY for your spiritual, emotional, and intimate rendering of Nightwave Catalog on Sunday. Video to come.

Friday, August 6, 2010

VERY LARGE ARRAY: images & review

We are now offering an elegant VERY LARGE ARRAY package, which includes a DVD of the movie and a book compiling all the text message instructions, in brown and black to match the announcement ($8).

Sneak peek video below and review by Lisa Radon HERE.

New gems from Drag City

Bill Callahan's first novel (oh Gosh!) and other amazing books...
Also in stock:

Here's what Drag City has to say about the newly rereleased Matthew Young record:
"Another chap from the outskirts of popular culture was making records that satisfied his desires to work with the developing computer music culture, an east-coaster by the name of Matthew Young. He'd made an album of synth/space jams in 1981 called Recurring Dreams and found himself thinking about folk music, specifically the sound of the hammered dulcimer. Augmenting it with beats and sounds from his casio synthesizer, he made a funky, folky masterwork in 1986 called Traveller's Advisory. The sound is like a folkier low-fi Eno at times - and our vinyl edition is only the second ever. So snap it up."

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

membership event: tonight at 6pm!

i was very happy to meet jenna kaës yesterday, the french beaux arts student who will be performing with elizabeth jaeger tonight at 6pm. she insisted on speaking engish the whole time, a good sign that she's on her way to conquer america. these two will be presenting a video/book/performance project on their recent trip across the country. later on this fall, jaeger will show sculptural work at nationale. very excited to see where this takes us, as she is one to watch.

Monday, August 2, 2010


On view August 4 - August 29, 2010
Opening reception First Friday August 6th, 6pm/9pm
OPS art talk and presentation Sunday August 8th, 6pm

Nightwave Catalog is an exhibit of artifacts generated and uncovered by Oregon Painting Society. Each item has a past, present, or future role in our unfolding sequence of experiments. These artifacts have been plucked from their respective temporal-zones and translated into our own dimensional manifold. They are memories of future encounters, pulled up in a net from a dream. What you see are 3-D snapshots taken by the mind’s eye from the window of a speeding car heading toward the ocean at dusk.

Oregon Painting Society is an art collective established in 2007 in Portland, Oregon. The group has produced interactive audiovisual environments, recordings, and performances. They are compelled by The Mystery to forge possible doorways into impossible worlds. Transcendent creative collaboration is both their method and their goal.