"Out of Language," the work of Atlanta artists Josh Smith and Jenene Nagy, will be on display through Oct. 1 at The Linfield Gallery. An artist's reception will be held Saturday, Sept. 3, from 2-4 p.m. at the gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Art Center.
"Out of Language" is a two-person exhibition featuring works by Smith and Nagy. Exploring ideas of the unknown, duality and structure, this effort is a result of two artists working in close proximity for three years. This exhibition is the first time Smith and Nagy have exhibited together. Along with singular works by each artist, "Out of Language" also features the duo's first collaborative piece.
Smith's works reveal a practice of thinking and making. Direct relationships with a wide range of material result in pared down objects that speak to immediacy and a desire for understanding beyond oneself. Coming from a background that includes interests in Modernism, architecture and Situationalist philosophies, Smith's works continue to employ a visual language that addresses social structures and organizations.
Nagy's works on paper are a part of her Measure series. Developed during a residency in Los Angeles and based on paintings by the artist Peter Halley, Nagy's graphite works physically locate the viewer. Perception and light are integral in unveiling of the image. The physical distance of the viewer in relationship to the drawing reveals the composition. Similar to Nagy's large-scale installation projects, it is this participation and willingness to look harder that competes the work.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Smith was born in Dayton, Ohio in 1975 and studied at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Since 2005 he has shown his work locally and internationally in solo and group efforts. Selected exhibitions include Contemporary Craft Museum, Portland, Oregon; Manuel Izquierdo Gallery, Pacific NW College of Art, Portland, Oregon; K Space Contemporary, Corpus Christi, Texas and Gallery Maskara, Mumbai, India. Additionally, Smith is one half of the independent curatorial team TILT Export:.
Nagy is an Oregon-based visual artist living and working in Portland and in Atlanta. 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 independent curatorial team TILT Export:.and currently serves as Disjecta's first Curator-in-Residence.