Thus, We Scatter as We Go Along by Nathan Porterfield
March 2 - March 28, 2018
Reception: March 24, 2018; 6 - 9pm
Thus, We Scatter, as We Go is a survey of my production from 2015 and 2016, with a concentration on alternative materials and exploring the subtleties of evolving society.
My current work involves individual identity in current culture, in reference to American history. Using accessible, common materials, I create a confluence of patterns to imply the intersection of countless sensibilities and convictions. The imagery has developed recently into portraits, or sorts, in which the subjects (Units of Resistance) express their perspectives. The titles are generally drawn from historical quotes or from the concept of progress.
Individuals, in the throes of resistance. Identity in the shadow of bias. Empathy in spite of misunderstanding. Privilege in conversation with poverty. Oppressed becoming oppressor.
These works are an homage to those, oppressed and repressed who have stood for change and therein been the backbone of progress. They are portraits of personal individuality, yet homogeneous spirit.