Exhibition duration: March 5 through Apr. 30
Artist reception: Friday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: Lively Beerworks taproom, 815 SW 2nd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73109
Rally is excited to be able to present local personality, photojournalist, and unofficial Braum’s spokesperson, Nathan Poppe, his first opportunity for a solo exhibition. Nathan’s photography, journalism, and even enamel pin line have embedded him into the very fabric of Oklahoma’s contemporary culture. Whether he is planted at the edge of a concert stage snapping frames, braving freezing cold nights to document Oklahoma City’s homeless, or pounding away at his keyboard to inform the masses, Nathan uses his camera and his writing to shed light on all things Okie. Better yet, he illuminates all things human. His creative vision captures both the beautiful and the tragic, inescapably drawing one’s attention to see the world through his unique lens.
March through April of 2022, Nathan Poppe will be exhibiting as the Lively Beerworks Taproom Artist presented by Rally. The artist reception for Nathan will be held on Friday, March 25 from 7 to 9 p.m.
Nathan Poppe is a writer, photographer, videographer and documenter of all things Oklahoma. He currently works as the editor of the Curbside Chronicle and has been there nearly four years. His work has led him to collaborate alongside some of the most talented people in his home state. He has even survived filming Flaming Lips backstage tattoo parties and shooting an underwater music video. He is equally lethal with a DSLR or a disposable camera. Oh, he runs a teeny enamel pin company as well. Nathan proudly lives in Oklahoma City.
For more than 10 years, I found a way to be a part of the supernatural level of talent you can find in the Oklahoma music scene. It wasn’t with my voice or an instrument. But rather with a camera. I think of concert pits as my training grounds for photography. It did not come naturally to me. It took concert after concert after concert. During some years, as many as 200+ shows. This was a way to build up what Malcolm Gladwell would call my 10,000 hours. I’ve taken roughly that many concert photos and band portraits over the years. It’s not all pretty but it’s something I love to do. I hope these photos capture the joy I find in live music.