Jenene Nagy, scabland,” 2017 at Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art
Jenene Nagy: scabland
Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art
January 26 – February 23, 2017
Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art is pleased to present scabland, an installation artwork by Jenene Nagy, January 26 through February 23, 2017. Jenene Nagy will give a lecture on Wednesday, January 25 at noon in room 116 in the Art Building. A reception will be held immediately following the lecture in the EWU Gallery of Art.
Borrowing from the tradition of landscape painting, the vista becomes an immersive experience. The exhibition scabland looks deeper into the natural world of Eastern Washington down to its foundation, the basalt rock of its floor. Using the hexagonal shape of basalt’s molecular structure as a launching off-point for abstraction, the entirety the EWU art gallery becomes a pared down micro-version of the area in which it is housed.
Jenene Nagy is a visual artist living and working in the Inland Empire. 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, Southern Exposure in San Francisco, Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, and Samuel Freeman in Los Angeles, among others. Her work has been recognized with grants and awards from the Foundation of Contemporary Art, the Oregon Arts Commission, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Ford Family Foundation.
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 first Curator-in-Residence for Disjecta Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon. Nagy’s work is represented by Samuel Freeman Gallery in Los Angeles, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART in Portland and Michael Warren Contemporary in Denver.
For the past several years, I have incorporated painting, drawing, and installation practices into my extended exploration of physical and psychological space. I am interested in how our bodies constantly relate and calibrate themselves to two-dimensional information, such as paintings or maps, as well as to actual, three-dimensional space. This cognitive duality is often split between a graphically represented space, and the physical environment the artwork and viewer share.
These constructions participate in the conversation of contemporary painting by engaging painting’s dynamic relationship to objecthood and flatness. My work aims to draw the viewer’s attention to their immediate surroundings, while evoking a broader landscape of longing and memory.
I am interested in creating an opportunity for viewers to question their connection to the physical world; to give pause and discover something new.
Image: Installation view of Jenene Nagy, scabland, 2017 at Eastern Washington University Gallery of Art.