The Crystal Land
A New Project by Jenene Nagy
January 7 through February 8
Artist's talk: January 29, 2-3pm
Followed by a closing reception: 3-5pm
Gallery Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-4pm, Sat 11am-4pm
The Crystal Land is a new site-specific installation that continues Nagy’s investigation into the boundary of the natural and built environment. The work proposes a utopian space while exploiting the latent potential of the gallery structure. Using materials commonly associated with commercial building and fabrication, the work encompasses the entire space of the North View Gallery at Portland Community College. Constructed of latex house paint, Mylar, Plexiglas and and plywood, The Crystal Land challenges viewers’ perception of space in geographical and cultural terms. Using Robert Smithson’s essay of the same name as a launching point, The Crystal Land recontextualizes these materials into a conceptually complex but formally paired down meditation on quotidian space.
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. She has received grants from the NY Foundation for Contemporary Art, the Ford Family Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries, and the Oregon Arts Commission. Her work was named by the Huffington Post as one of the Northwest’s Top Ten Exhibition Picks of 2012. 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 Contemporary Art Center in Portland, Oregon and currently serves as the Artistic Director of Painting and Printmaking at Anderson Ranch Arts Center.
Nagy’s work is represented by PDX Contemporary Art.