Nadine Boughton

Rugged Men

For Nadine Boughton, the American home is a frontier. It is the site of a boundary between wildness and domesticity, between mental life and the perceptions of others, between manners and urges, between the worlds of men and women, between manipulation and authenticity, between order and chaos, between archetype and cliché, and between the banal and the heroic. The frontier zone of the American home is a psychically dangerous place, where polarities contest over personal identity.

For the last twelve years, 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.

Boughton uses popular print materials in a sociological mode to expose and question culture, to explore psychological themes, and to comment on accepted norms. Though she employs the methods and materials of Pop-Art, rather than the skilled hand of a painter or sculptor, her cowgirl art recovers territory seized and occupied by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and their ilk. In Boughton’s art, we find High Modern seriousness, sneaked in under the fashionable skirts of cynicism. Through her art, we can again experience the unabashed American sentiment of Andrew Wyeth and Norman Rockwell, and the earnest pathos of melodrama. Through her art, we find again the like of classical mythological paintings and sculpture: characters from a story we all know, given sensual and tender individuality through an artist’s extraordinary skill, wresting sacred and ephemeral personhood from the raw mute materials of stone and paint—or advertising and pulp. While other artists today are busy reenacting, reusing, and reanimating past vernaculars, pointing out again and again that our visual and intellectual worlds are chains of signifiers that sometimes seem never to end, Boughton resumes our contact with the souls at the end of those chains. Life is not a cartoon.

News
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.
Nadine Boughton on The Fence in Boston
May 1, 2016 - September 1, 2016
Six images from Nadine Boughton’s Fortune and the Feminine series of collages have been selected for inclusion on The Fence, an outdoor photography exhibition series in Boston's SOWA district. The installation opens in conjunction with the Flash Forward Festival in Boston, featuring eight days of free international and New England photography.
Videos
Conversation with Nadine Boughton
July 30, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
A conversation with Nadine Boughton about her artistic process and recent work on Saturday, July 30, at 4pm, on the occasion of her exhibition Where I Come From, on view July 15 – August 13, 2017.
The Political Body in Art: A Panel Discussion
April 1, 2017 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
A panel discussion examining the human body as vehicle for the relationships between art and politics in connection with the visual art exhibition The Political Body.
Past Exhibitions at Trident 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.
The Political Body
March 31, 2017 - April 30, 2017
An exhibition of art on the political dimensions of the body, which opens with a performance and a panel discussion.
The Deep Sea Has its Stars
September 3, 2016 - September 5, 2016
Gloucester·Center is a joint project of Ocean Alliance and Trident Gallery to foster creative interchange among artists, scientists, and the public through programs at the iconic Tarr & Wonson Paint Factory, a place at the center of Gloucester Harbor and of Gloucester's history of excellence in the arts and sciences.
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.
NEST
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.
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.
AD20/21 and Boston Print Fair 2015
March 26, 2015 - March 29, 2015
Spring Improvisations
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.
Harbortown 2014
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.