Art fans on the peninsula will have a rare opportunity to see the creative process at work when visual artist Jenene Nagy installs her latest large-scale, site-specific art piece in Peninsula College’s PUB Gallery of Art February 15 to 21. Nagy is a visual artist who lives and works in Aspen and Los Angeles.
"People can come by any time,” says Nagy. “I'll be available for discussion and questions during the install. Tell them to come on down!" The gallery will be roped off at both ends, allowing the artist space to work and visitors an opportunity to talk with Nagy.
Nagy’s finished installation, which will be entitled cover, will be on exhibit through April 12.
Community residents who are unable to get up to see Nagy work on her installation will still have the opportunity to meet and talk with the artist and view her work on Thursday, February 21, when she presents an Artist Lecture at the college’s Studium Generale program at 12:35 pm in the college’s Little Theater. This will be followed immediately by a reception for Nagy in the adjacent PUB Gallery of Art.
In her installation, Nagy plans to use common building materials, such as Tyvek and latex house paint, in “a piece that calls to mind an idealized horizon, one with all the luminosity of a crystal clear sky and a boundless ceiling.”
Nagy adds: “Through the use of the common building materials, I aim to create a material link to the manmade environment while simultaneously referencing natural dynamic structures that cannot be contained.”
Nagy has been making similar installations for the last seven years. “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,” she says.
The colors she will incorporate in her Peninsula College installation are a deep rich blue with silver hue and a vibrant green for the backside.
Nagy begins all of her works as ideas, she says, but they are ultimately designed and constructed entirely on site. “The overall layout and composition of the works respond to the nuances of the architecture,” she says.
“My work questions the boundaries of the built and natural environment and explores the physical, yet often times unseen, structures that dictate the order and composition of our daily lives,” she says. “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.”
Nagy’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at such venues as the Portland Art Museum, Weatherspoon Art Museum, Torrance Art Museum, Takt Kunstprojektraum in Berlin, Germany, and Dam Stuhltrager in New York. Recent awards include an Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission and a three-month residency at Raid Projects in Los Angeles. In 2011, she was named as a finalist for the Contemporary NW Art Awards.
Nagy is also one-half of the curatorial team, TILT Export, which is an independent art initiative 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 Arts Center.