Neo-Suburban Palouse
Nathan DiPietro

September 3 - 26, 2009

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, September 3, 2009

Artist will be in attendance the first and last weekend of the exhibition.

PUNCH presents a series of new landscapes by egg tempera painter Nathan DiPietro. DiPietro's stylized visions of utopian life are based upon the desires of suburban culture. The worlds he depicts are the imagined intersections of farming symbols and the suburban thirst for security and uniformity. Land is sculpted and carved, then divided with fences and gates. Water is contained in concrete pools; rivers are tamed and flow as desired. Trees are spaced and manicured in perfect unison. Experiences by the inhabitants of these worlds are carefully planned and controlled. The barn, rolling green hills, and blue sky are iconography commonly used to evoke nostalgia, and conjure ideas of safety, uniformity, peace and prosperity. The resulting images express a world for that is not only beautiful and deeply nostalgic, but also unnerving and ironic. DiPietro is interested in how American Regionalists used these symbols in the early 20th century and how the symbolic meanings within these images have abstracted and transformed over time. For DiPietro, infusing utopic suburban landscapes with pastoral iconography is a deeply seductive act.

Nathan DiPietro received his BFA from Central Washington University in 2003 and now lives in Seattle and shows his work nationally and locally as a member of PUNCH gallery. On August 8, 2009 Nathan and his wife, Val, celebrated the birth of their son, Augustine Danger DiPietro, weighing in at a whopping 10 lbs 12 oz.!!!

Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Winner Takes All
(more info)


Lakeside, 2009, egg tempera
on panel, 35” diameter

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