Armed with decades of committed engagement with fine art photography, indigenous cultures, therapeutic practices, and the history of psychological inquiry, Nadine Boughton takes deadeye aim at American cultures of yesterday and today as she breaks down and reloads popular print materials from the 1950s and early 1960s into piercingly playful and disarming collages.
Boughton employs the methods and materials of Pop-Art, but her cowgirl art reclaims territory seized and long occupied by Warhol, Lichtenstein, and their ilk: in Boughton’s art, High Modern seriousness sneaks in under the fashionable skirts of cynicism.
Boughton spends months constructing each collage. Her craftsmanship, warmth, humor, and sly talent for uncorking primal energies take the medium of collage into new territory as they create, in her words, “conversations between personal identity and collective history.”
Current & Planned
Past Solo Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
Nadine Boughton: Where I Come From
July 15, 2017 – August 13, 2017
An exhibition of new collage works by Nadine Boughton
: from the ongoing series Fortune and the Feminine
and two new series, The Modess Women,
based on a wildly successful ad campaign, and an autobiographical series, Where I Come From,
which pays homage to the disappearing material vernacular photographs of family albums.
Nadine Boughton: American Home
July 11, 2015 – August 9, 2015
For the last twelve years, Nadine Boughton
has used a digital process to compose collages of mid-century vintage materials. By placing disparate imagery into creative juxtaposition, she fashions witty, provocative narratives that engage and reveal the popular cultures and the psychologies of both the mid-century and contemporary eras. Her collages sparkle with humor, surprise, and uncategorizable blends of fantasy and the familiar, and of darkness and fun.
Past Group Exhibitions with Matthew Swift Gallery
September 5, 2020 – October 4, 2020
An exhibition for a time of danger and transitions.
Facing Five Years
January 17, 2019 – March 31, 2019
A program of exhibitions and events revisiting Trident Gallery’s first half-decade years and assaying the next.
In With The New
January 26, 2018 – March 25, 2018
An exhibition of new, unseen, and selected works of art by represented artists.
In the Time We Have
March 12, 2016 – April 24, 2016
An exhibition of new and selected works of art reflecting themes of time, ephemerality, and maturity.
January 30, 2016 – March 6, 2016
This year’s partnership with the Museum of American Bird Art at Mass Audubon explores birds’ nests as wondrous natural objects, emblems of shelter, and monuments in the cycle of life and death.
March 26, 2015 – March 29, 2015
Trident Gallery showed works on paper by eight represented artists at the 2015 AD20/21
March 20, 2015 – May 31, 2015
During Spring Improvisations, special offerings and recent work by gallery artists will be on display and may change frequently and improvisationally. Stop into the gallery regularly to see new work and tell the Director what you’d like to see next.
July 3, 2014 – July 27, 2014
An exhibition celebrating Gloucester Harbor and the area’s legacy of more than 150 years of excellence in the visual arts, displaying works of art by eighteen Cape Ann artists, including four guest artists, and introducing Gloucester artist Ed Touchette
, now represented by Trident Gallery.
Walls of Plenty
November 29, 2013 – January 5, 2014
A cornucopia of art to feed the soul.
Three Artists in Dialogue with the Past
October 18, 2013 – November 24, 2013
An exhibition of works by three contemporary artists who engage the imagery and ideas of the mid-twentieth century and of earlier eras.
Nadine Boughton featured on Lenscratch
July 8, 2016
Nadine Boughton’s series of collages Fortune and the Feminine is featured on on the widely-read photography blog Lenscratch. The post contains commentary and images.