Nancy Natale: Of Cabbages and Queens

The Gallery at R&F is pleased to present visiting artist Nancy Natale’s solo exhibition, Of Cabbages and Queens. Nancy Natale takes a unique approach to bricolage, and is best known for her rhythmic Running Stitch series; a group of works composed of strips of painted paper and cardboard with embedded objects, cultural snippets and industrial fragments pieced together horizontally on wooden panels and overlaid by grids of functional tacks.

This series alludes metaphorically to the way memories are built, and the added resonance of found objects reflects a gritty reality and worn beauty developed by time. For her exhibition at R&F, Natale has created a new series of works that depict our continual bombardment by a torrent of words and images.  Diagonal wedges of text, colors and images in these pieces create a feeling of frenetic visual energy and movement as compared to the more static organization of the internally-focused Running Stitch. Natale’s grids of tacks hold the disparate contents in place while superimposing a polyrhythmic overtone on the streaming barrage.

To emphasize the multitude of ideas and varied contents that make up the new work in this show, Natale chose her exhibition title from "The Walrus and the Carpenter,” a narrative poem by Lewis Carroll that appeared in his book “Through the Looking-Glass” and was recited to Alice by Tweedledum and Tweedledee. Two large, quilt-like diptychs relate to the “queens” of the title – one honoring Etta James, queen of the Blues, and the other celebrating disco and queens of all types.


"The time has come," the Walrus said,
"To talk of many things:
Of shoes--and ships--and sealing-wax--
Of cabbages--and kings--
And why the sea is boiling hot--
And whether pigs have wings.


The Gallery at R&F in Kingston promotes the various contemporary uses of oil paint and encaustic.  The Gallery space is housed within the factory of R&F Handmade Paints, which is one of the few manufacturers of encaustic paint in the world.  Located at 84 Ten Broeck Ave, in midtown Kingston, NY gallery hours are Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm.  For further information, call (845) 331-3112.

  • Reception: August 4, 5-7pm
  • Start Date: Saturday, 04 August 2012
  • End Date: Saturday, 22 September 2012
  • Archive: 2012