We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain

Jordan Nassar

September 15 - October 27, 2020

Anat Ebgi is pleased to present a new body of work by New York based Palestinian-American artist Jordan Nassar. This is Nassar’s second exhibition with Anat Ebgi and will be on view at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd from September 15 – October 27.

We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain consists of a suite of sixteen hand-embroidered vertical landscapes. These new works continue ongoing dialogues in Nassar’s practice between his own embroidery and its connection to Palestinian places and cultural traditions. Contemplating his personal experience traversing the metaphorical gulf of diaspora, yearning to be part of something, yet remaining always an outsider peeking through a veil, Nassar’s work questions the cultural heritage and inheritance of diasporic persons.

Working against the natural horizontality of landscape, Nassar pushes these new works into something unstable and unexpected, opening the door to formal experimentation. As your eyes move from the clearly defined mountain and sky at the top of the composition down toward the bottom, the works veer into abstraction; recognizable forms melt away with abrupt and playful color changes. Nassar’s compositions consist of two important elements: the shifting colored threads from which the imaginary landscapes emerge and the embroidered patterns, which are based on specific Palestinian motifs such as the Gaza style cypress “Sarou,” the Palestinian rose, and a diamond amulet.

In the center of the gallery, Nassar fabricated a simple wooden bench with brass inlay inspired by Syrian inlay and furniture. A cushion with thin embroidered stripes rests on top of the bench. Over several recent exhibitions, Nassar has expanded his practice to include furniture, metal work, and textiles drawing from techniques and materials used throughout the Arab world, introducing these elements into the display of his work. This move of incorporating craftwork inspiration from the Levant or Arab world in general, extends the provocations of Nassar’s work to the pan-Arab diaspora in general, and by extension immigrant and diaspora experiences.

Frequently drawing inspiration from literature, the titles for each of the works come from Lebanese-American artist and poet Etel Adnan’s essay Journey to Mount Tamalpais that discusses nature, art, and the relationship between them. Kept as infinitive verbs—To Carry The Moon; To Melt In Mist; To Climb, To Walk, To Breathe; etc.—the titles reveal potential action detached from subjects or modifiers, the English verb in its simplest form. A zine accompanying the exhibition employs each of the titles in sequence, constructing a new poem derived from Adnan’s writing.

Jordan Nassar  (b.1985, New York, NY) earned his BA at Middlebury College in 2007. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions globally at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Abrons Art Center, New York, NY;  Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY; Evelyn Yard, London, UK, Exile Gallery in Berlin, Germany, and The Third Line, Dubai, UAE. His work is included in the current group exhibition Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950 – 2019 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the current Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone in New York. Nassar lives and works in New York City.

We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain

Jordan Nassar

September 15 - October 27, 2020

EXHIBITION TEXT

Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar To Cut Through The Clouds, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas, artist frame 28 x 18 inches / 71.1 x 45.7 cm
Jordan Nassar To Be The Sea, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton 26.5 x 17.5 inches / 67.3 x 44.5 cm
Jordan Nassar To Have Thorns, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas 27 x 17.5 inches / 68.6 x 44.5 cm
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar To Melt In Mist, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton 27 x 17 inches / 68.6 x 43.2 cm
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar Brass Inlay Bench With Embroidered Cushion, 2020 Brass, walnut wood, hand-embroidered cotton on jobeian, batting 24 x 50 x 24" [HxWxD] (60.96 x 127 x 60.96 cm) Inventory #JN1197
Jordan Nassar Brass Inlay Bench With Embroidered Cushion, 2020 Brass, walnut wood, hand-embroidered cotton on jobeian, batting 24 x 50 x 24" [HxWxD] (60.96 x 127 x 60.96 cm) Inventory #JN1197
Jordan Nassar Brass Inlay Bench With Embroidered Cushion, 2020 Brass, walnut wood, hand-embroidered cotton on jobeian, batting 24 x 50 x 24" [HxWxD] (60.96 x 127 x 60.96 cm) Inventory #JN1197
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar To Climb, To Walk, To Breathe, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas 49 x 30 inches / 124.5 x 76.2 cm
Detail
Jordan Nassar To Go To The Mountain, 2019
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas 51 x 28 inches / 129.5 x 71.1 cm
Jordan Nassar To Carry The Moon, 2020
Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton 50.5 x 28.5 inches / 128.3 x 72.4 cm
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar To Be The Home, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas, artist frame 35.5 x 23 inches / 90.2 x 58.4 cm
Jordan Nassar To Be Strong And Short Lived, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas 28 x 17 inches / 71.2 x 43.2 cm
Jordan Nassar To Grow Up In A Garden, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas 27 x 17 inches / 68.6 x 43.2 cm
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar To Disappear Behind Their Own Power, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas 36 x 21 inches / 91.4 x 53.3 cm
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar To Be Rising, 2020
Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton 17.5 x 11 inches / 44.5 x 27.9 cm
Jordan Nassar To Catch Their Contours, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas 17 x 11 inches / 43.2 x 27.9 cm
Jordan Nassar To Understand The Fire, 2020
Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton 17 x 11 inches / 43.2 x 27.9 cm
Jordan Nassar To Live With The Mountain, 2020
Hand embroidered cotton on cotton on canvas 17 x 11 inches / 43.2 x 27.9 cm
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar To Be Face To Face With The Sky, 2020
Hand-embroidered cotton on cotton 28 x 17 inches / 71.1 x 43.2 cm
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view
Jordan Nassar We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain, 2020
Anat Ebgi, Installation view

EXHIBITION TEXT

Anat Ebgi is pleased to present a new body of work by New York based Palestinian-American artist Jordan Nassar. This is Nassar’s second exhibition with Anat Ebgi and will be on view at 2660 S La Cienega Blvd from September 15 – October 27.

We Are The Ones To Go To The Mountain consists of a suite of sixteen hand-embroidered vertical landscapes. These new works continue ongoing dialogues in Nassar’s practice between his own embroidery and its connection to Palestinian places and cultural traditions. Contemplating his personal experience traversing the metaphorical gulf of diaspora, yearning to be part of something, yet remaining always an outsider peeking through a veil, Nassar’s work questions the cultural heritage and inheritance of diasporic persons.

Working against the natural horizontality of landscape, Nassar pushes these new works into something unstable and unexpected, opening the door to formal experimentation. As your eyes move from the clearly defined mountain and sky at the top of the composition down toward the bottom, the works veer into abstraction; recognizable forms melt away with abrupt and playful color changes. Nassar’s compositions consist of two important elements: the shifting colored threads from which the imaginary landscapes emerge and the embroidered patterns, which are based on specific Palestinian motifs such as the Gaza style cypress “Sarou,” the Palestinian rose, and a diamond amulet.

In the center of the gallery, Nassar fabricated a simple wooden bench with brass inlay inspired by Syrian inlay and furniture. A cushion with thin embroidered stripes rests on top of the bench. Over several recent exhibitions, Nassar has expanded his practice to include furniture, metal work, and textiles drawing from techniques and materials used throughout the Arab world, introducing these elements into the display of his work. This move of incorporating craftwork inspiration from the Levant or Arab world in general, extends the provocations of Nassar’s work to the pan-Arab diaspora in general, and by extension immigrant and diaspora experiences.

Frequently drawing inspiration from literature, the titles for each of the works come from Lebanese-American artist and poet Etel Adnan’s essay Journey to Mount Tamalpais that discusses nature, art, and the relationship between them. Kept as infinitive verbs—To Carry The Moon; To Melt In Mist; To Climb, To Walk, To Breathe; etc.—the titles reveal potential action detached from subjects or modifiers, the English verb in its simplest form. A zine accompanying the exhibition employs each of the titles in sequence, constructing a new poem derived from Adnan’s writing.

Jordan Nassar  (b.1985, New York, NY) earned his BA at Middlebury College in 2007. His work has been featured in solo and group exhibitions globally at institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; BRIC, Brooklyn, NY; Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY; Abrons Art Center, New York, NY;  Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, NY; Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA; James Cohan Gallery, New York, NY; Evelyn Yard, London, UK, Exile Gallery in Berlin, Germany, and The Third Line, Dubai, UAE. His work is included in the current group exhibition Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950 – 2019 at the Whitney Museum of American Art and the current Asia Society Triennial: We Do Not Dream Alone in New York. Nassar lives and works in New York City.

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