Oct 10th 2020

Nathan Mason: Improvisations

@ Compound Yellow

244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Opening Saturday, October 10th, from 2PM - 6PM

On view through Saturday, November 14th

From the artist:

“My working method is improvisational.

In the suite of ceramic objects the source objects are kitsch figurines used as found with clay and glaze layered on. If the figurine has damage it is incorporated as an element to grow from. I am an art history nerd and frequently take inspiration from the tradition of Western European art and its iconographic sources. Thus, in the gallery is an Annunciation pairing with additional archangels. Pinkie, is a statuette of the famous Thomas Lawrence portrait of a young woman. Paired with her is Gabriel in the form of an orange and bluish clown bust. The red matador struck me as having a flaming sword and became Uriel, the angel guarding the gate of the Garden of Eden. The black matador is titled Raphael. The viewer is free to construct their own exegesis.

Part of my process is working within parameters. The colors of the two exterior works are industry standard safety colors. The chair construct is a spatial exercise in using objects as they are but transforming them by juxtaposition and color. The window tapestry is made from flagging tape for construction sites.”

To see more of Nathan’s work visit his website below:


Please email is at info@compoundyellow.com for visiting hours after the opening!
This event will be outside and we will exercise social distancing and masks are be required.

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