My practice is a hybrid of painting, sculpture and installation. The work explores the dynamic relationship of surface and support, often employing plainspoken materials such as paper, drywall, and wood veneer. I borrow from the history of traditional easel painting while exploiting the physicality of object making. Color is influenced by the natural environment and hyper-realized to suggest a customized utopia while questioning the boundary of objecthood and flatness. The graphite works on paper began as a conceptual exploration of space. Perception and light are integral in the unveiling of the image. While at first appearing as solid black, the physical distance of the viewer in relationship to the drawing reveals the composition. Similar to my large-scale installation projects, it is this participation and willingness to look harder that completes the work.
Artist Bio / CV
Jenene Nagy is a visual artist living and working in Aspen and Los Angeles. She received her BFA from the University of Arizona in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Oregon in 2004. Nagy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Portland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany, and Dam Stuhltrager in NY, among others. Recent awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission, a three-month residency at Raid Projects in Los Angeles, and in 2011 was named as a finalist for the Contemporary NW Art Awards. Along with a rigorous studio practice, Nagy is one half of the curatorial team TILT Export:, an independent art initiative with no fixed location, working in partnership with a variety of venues to produce exhibitions. From 2011-12 she was the Curator-in-Residence for Disjecta Interdisciplinary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. Currently, Nagy serves as the Artistic Director of Painting and Printmaking at Anderson Ranch Art Center.
Nagy is represented by PDX Contemporary Art