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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EXHIBITIONS > > > > > FEBRUARY/MARCH 2013


LINDSAY KENNEDY | In the Fold (at Portland Center Stage)


On view February 26 - March 23, 2013 at Portland Center Stage
Opening reception for the artist First Thursday, March 7 (5 p.m. - 7 p.m.)

Portland Center Stage and Nationale present four paintings by Lindsay Kennedy, in conjunction with PCS’s production of The Whipping Man.

Lindsay Kennedy’s paintings attempt to elongate time, stretching a single moment into an enveloping sensory experience. Highlighted by subtle shifts in color and texture, each painting bears the mark of the artist’s meticulous process as she daubs and spreads paint, line by line, across the surface of the canvas. Tiny peaks jut out like stiff whipped cream, mimicking the weave of knitwear from edge to edge. Like the favorite sweaters we find ourselves nuzzling into for comfort, the works’ depth of character and physicality are woven together by the familiar crisscross pattern. As the paintings fall in and out of focus, they create a synaesthetic sensation: touching soft knit wool using just your eyes.

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 Nationale, New American Art Union, 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.

Portland Center Stage, Gerding Theater at the Armory, 128 NW 11th Ave, Portland, OR

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