This August, Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to present I Don't Want to Grow Up, a solo exhibit featuring new works from Portland-based artist Nathan McKee.Mckee's unmistakable pop culture aesthetic is rife with classic images of legendary athletes, hip hop stars and skate/surf culture demigods. Utilizing simple lines and flat color through his chosen medium of construction paper, McKee delivers a timeless and stunning homage to his childhood heroes.
As the title suggests, I Don't Want to Grow Up takes the best from McKee's youth and brings it front and center with striking allure. Like so many Gen Xers growing up in the '80s and '90s, McKee was immersed in WWF wrestling, Wheaties athletes, larger than life action movies, skateboard heroes and a full spectrum of innovative music. Now, decades later, the artist invites you to take a trip down memory lane and indulge your own inner child who refuses to grow up.
The exhibit also finds McKee expanding upon his singular cut/paste technique. Using classic photos as his reference, he tackles portraits of celebrities such as Eddie Murphy, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Chevy Chase in some of their most iconic roles. Meanwhile, McKee's remarkable craftsmanship and fresh perspective makes the old seem new again. To complement and fulfill the nostalgic trip, the gallery itself will be transformed into a slacker wonderland complete with vintage TVs, a basement sofa and wrestling posters.
The opening reception for I Don't Want to Grow Up will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, August 4th from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through August 25, 2017 and is free and open to the public.