Monday, April 22, 2024

Nate Page

np_biopicNate Page works site specifically to bring an emotional awareness to the psychological implications of designed environments. Page purposely acts as a non-expert visitor and observes a location as a construction of someone else’s plan. The act of observational drawing is the conceptual foundation for his practice.   Instead of drawing what he sees, he intervenes directly in the space. Architecture, Landscape and Design are ultimately a site of exchange, similar to the act of image making and viewing, where conscious and unconscious Ideologies and Value Systems are expressed and interpreted by the absent designer and the community and it’s inhabitants.

Nate Page lives in Los Angeles and teaches drawing at Woodbury University. His work has been seen at No Name Exhibitions @ The Soap Factory, Minneapolis; Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena; Warsaw Academy of the Arts, Warsaw; John Michael Kohler Center for the Arts in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; and at Cooper Union and Jen Bekman Gallery, both in New York and most recently at A Corner Door gallery in Los Angeles, Redling Fine Art also in Los Angeles and a public art commission By Miami Dade County and Fringe Projects titled Limo in 2016. Page has produced many environments with Machine Project in Los Angeles, including A Field Guide to LACMA at Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Pacific Standard Time Presents: Modern Architecture in L.A., an initiative of the Getty and at the Green and Greene Gamble House in Pasadena. He has shown nationally including Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery, Institute of Visual Arts at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, and Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles and REDCAT also in Los Angeles. From 2001–04, Page co-directed an experimental artist collaborative and exhibition space in Milwaukee called the Rust Spot. He received an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and a BFA from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design In 2011 he was the recipient of California Community Foundation Emerging Artist Fellowship and is currently producing the second iteration of California Living Project; Silicon Valley. Nate was born and raised in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Current work can be seen by seen here

Book he is reading that was mentioned in the interview: Anti-intellectualism in American Life by Richard Hofstadter 1963.

couchbleachers, 2015, Wood, Locally collected couches, 15’ H x 55’ W x 15” D, Verge Center for the Arts, Sacramento CA. Description: A tiered composition of couches, couchbleachers makes itself accessible to audiences both as an art object and an interactive, touchable environment. Architectural in nature, individuals can sit on it, climb on it, move through it, even sleep on it. Seating inherently invites this type of interaction, but its creates hesitation as to which side of the structure the performance and audience exists.
1. Limo, 2015, 1999 Lincoln Town Car Limousine, steel, concrete, vacant lot downtown Miami, 5’ W x 10’ L x 15’ H. Using Miami’s existing skyline as a backdrop, the piece figuratively inverts a commonly critiqued public art practice of “plop art” to expand the range of our consideration of acceptable vs valuable artistic practices. Simultaneously, engaging ideas of luxury and skyline, bringing into question our notions of “high-end” living as as a rental for any budget. The high rise luxury condos are like wise proliferating creating an expanded context to consider elite vs mass produced and oversaturated access.
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