Thursday, June 30, 2011


Such a great magazine and such a great theme! Now in stock, $15. Also if you don't think this will make you smart enough, Lapham's just started sharing their syllabus for each issue. The list is more than impressive...



Also going on at the mall:
vintage sale outside of HAUNT
opening reception at GOLDEN RULE
opening + DJ at REDUX

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


NATIONALE 04: Cari Vander Yacht | Plants in the Back
First edition
Perfect bound
Exhibit catalog, 26 pages
Digital offset, printed locally by unwork


Saturday, June 25, 2011

Feelings, so good

Ian Anderson recently announced his imminent move to the Bay Area (damn you, endless winter). Being such a fan of his music, I'm very excited to announce that FEELINGS will be playing live outside of Nationale for First Friday July 1st. Be here around 7pm (free).  We also carry both his brand new Feelings tapes (High Scores & Records, $5) and Guidance Counselor LPs (HS&R, $15).

Plants in the Back, online

Cari Vander Yacht's Plants in the Back is now ONLINE. The catalog from the exhibition should be here early next week. Please inquire ( for the pricelist and for larger images....


If you have a minute, take a look at our website's MEMBERS page as we've been working very hard on developing a program adapted to everyone's budget and desire of involvement. Don't miss the beautiful slideshow of many of our past events at the bottom of the page. We feel so very grateful to have been able to feature so many talented performers, artists, and writers this past year and wouldn't have been able to do it without your support. Special thank you to TIGA, OLO, and LITTLE T for their past raffle donations.

Past event: Cari Vander Yacht talk

Espadrilles season is here!

Time to celebrate summer with rad friends, late dinners, and fun shoes. Ours are authentic espadrilles, made in France. No wedges, no laces, no frills, just something simple and perfect to enjoy the hot weather. Canvas/cotton top, rope soles with rubber bottoms for strength ($36).

Currently in stock:
-SZ 35: green
-SZ 36: light brown; red; navy
-SZ 37: black; navy
-SZ 38: navy; beige; sailor stripes; red
-SZ 39: navy; red; denim
-SZ 40: brown; army green; navy; beige; red
-SZ 41: brown; black
-SZ 42: light brown; black
-SZ 43: beige; denim
-SZ 45: black
-SZ 46: denim

Friday, June 24, 2011

Past event: Tom Blood reading

Thank you to Tom Blood and Jordan Dykstra for a beautiful reading of Blood's newly published poetry collection, The Raccoon (Marriage Publishing House, $20). We still have copies in the shop and you can also listen to every single poems on The Raccoon's official webpage HERE.

Read Lucy Green's essay on The Raccoon after the break....

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Untitled #9

One of the photographs from Delaney Allen's In Visibility series is presented in the new Cíclope: Book of dreams/Libro de sueños. See the book online!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Keeping it simple this Father's Day

Wish list of sorts:

Mike Mills' Drawings From the Film Beginners, for all the things too hard to say (Damiani, $35).

Espadrilles (Made in France, $36). They look so much radder on men! My dad used to wear his with the heals down, like sleepers. Now I think it might have been because they only go up to size 46? Memories of his feet in sand, Palavas Les Flots, late 80's.

MCMC's Dude No 1. A beard oil perhaps, but still would have been pretty amazing on my step dad's mean mustache ($65).

Oh man, miss you guys...

Friday, June 17, 2011

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Final Descent now online + catalog, too!

Last week's short-run exhibit, We Have Begun Our Final Descent, can now be viewed on our website.
NATIONALE 03, its catalog printed on newsprint and in limited edition, is available HERE.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Now in the shop...

I was blown away by Mike Mills' new film, Beginners, when I was invited to an advanced screening a couple weeks ago. I promptly immersed myself in its soundtrack and got a few copies of the drawings for the shop. So here's to great stories, great acting, and to a great renaissance man!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Lecture Sunday

Picture Sunday June 12th, 2011

Cari Vander Yacht will discuss her most recent work, Plants in the Back, as well as past projects. She's also promised us a surprise, so do not miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Friday, June 10, 2011


On view June 10 - July 3, 2011
Opening reception Friday June 10, 6pm - 9pm
Artist talk and performance Sunday June 12, 6pm

Whether framing found portraits or entangling pictures of her neighbor’s trash, Cari Vander Yacht’s painted flora in Plants in the Back combines with the surrounding elements of Amsterdam to create a rhythmic layering that obliterates any sense of compositional structure. The resulting shapes and patterns mimic the playfulness of collage while the varied brushstrokes heighten the works’ overall dynamism. Ultimately, each piece, and its assortment of colorful ephemera, maps Vander Yacht’s explorations in Amsterdam aſter her recent move there from the States. A personal narration of a foreign city- decorated, of course, in lively verdure.

"Creating art for the city I moved away from immediately aſter I leſt felt like being a sentimental hostage. The whole act kept a large part of my brain focused thousands of miles from where I physically was and so I started voraciously gathering visuals in my immediate area as a way of focusing on my new home. For me, this show has one foot in both countries, which was pretty stressful all around but ultimately illuminating. Can’t spell “Paint” with out “Pain”, amIright? Eventually, the more I painted and the more accustomed I became to Amsterdam, the looser and more interesting the paintings turned out. This show grew with me in my most trying time in the city: I had to find my footing here as I found my footing with the work."

Cari Vander Yacht is a visual artist and graphic designer originally from Portland, Oregon, now residing in Amsterdam, NL. Her previous solo exhibition, Mostly Pictures of Russians, was shown at Tiga (Portland, OR) in March 2010. In addition to her fine art practice, she curated and published Does This Make It Better? in early 2010, featuring 28 Portland artists, as well as art directed and performed in Ugly Face Wednesday from 2009 to 2010. Plants in the Back is her first solo exhibition at Nationale and coincides with the announcement of her representation by the gallery.

Sneak peek at her inspirations from a recent studio visit HERE

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Past event: Fantasy, Folklore, and Freshwater

Fuchsia Lin's Fantasy, Folklore, and Freshwater
June 4th, 2011
Dance performance by Nikima Jagadujev
Music by Stephen Kimbrell

Images © Nationale

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Tom Blood reading this Sunday 6pm

Sunday June 5th, 2011
$3 suggested donation / Free for our members

It's an honor to host Tom Blood's book release for The Raccoon (Marriage Publishing House). The event will include a reading of the poems. 

Fuchsia Lin performance this Saturday 4pm

Saturday June 4th, 2011
$3 suggested donation / Free for our members

This year, the Regional Arts and Culture Council has awarded an Individual Project Grant to Fuchsia Lin to complete her textile sculpture and performance piece, Fantasy, Folklore, and Freshwater.  In Asian mythology, dragons were believed to be rulers and benevolent spirits of moving bodies of water.  Inspired by the stories of her culture, Lin will create a series of sculptural masks and costumes of water dragons.

Fuchsia Lin often explores the theme of water in her art to express its inherent beauty and spirituality, as well as the importance of our relationship with this precious resource. 

Image © Fuchsia Lin

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Short-run photo exhibition (June 1- June 9)

On view June 1 - 9, 2011
Opening reception First Friday June 3, 6pm - 9pm

Nationale is pleased to announce representation of local photographer Delaney Allen. To coincide with this exciting news, Allen has guest curated the upcoming group show, We Have Begun Our Final Descent, on view at the gallery for a limited time. The exhibition will feature a select roster of young photographers whose work depicts a similarly disparate view of contemporary America. To further emphasize the show’s ephemeral nature, Allen has decided to print the photographs on common newsprint. Each work will be available for purchase at an affordable, set price. The accompanying newsprint catalog will be released on opening night.

Participating photographers: Debbie Carlos (Chicago, IL), Mikel Cumiskey (Hilo, HI), Brian Felder (Portland, OR), Sydney S. Kim (Brooklyn, NY), Jeff Luker (Portland, OR), Jennilee Marigomen (Vancouver, BC), Nicole Mark (Portland, OR), Sarah Meadows (Portland, OR), Kristie Muller (New York, NY), Anna Shelton (Portland, OR), Keith Davis Young (Austin, TX).

"Days before April’s anticipated federal shutdown, I spoke with my mother about the perceived demise of America as a superpower. That my mother, a conservative woman with whom I never before discussed politics, felt compelled to address this issue revealed to me not only the overwhelming uncertainty caused by our country’s shifting global identity, but also a correspondence between this decline and my personal interest in the degradation of fine art. As announced in the show’s title, we have begun our final descent, and in more ways than one.

The photographs included in this exhibition beautifully capture the multifaceted, oſten subtle, effects of America’s slippage. Printed on rough newsprint versus traditional photograph paper, the medium both complements and assumes the images’ fatalistic subject matter while, through its unstable composition, also leading to the destruction of the photograph itself. This gradual, all-too-human, disintegration presents a precarious contrast to the long-held ideal of an immortal fine art that I believe obdurately reflects America’s present, declining, situation."
                                                                —Delaney Allen, curator

Image © Keith Davis Young