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Jenene Nagy | Helzer Gallery & Artist Talk

Fri, 03/08/2024
The Weight, graphite on folded paper, 79.5″ x 233.5″, 2016

Jenene Nagy's exhibition The Weight is now on view at the Helzer Gallery through May 4. There will be an artist talk and Gallery reception on Thursday, April 18, from 11am-1pm.

Included in this exhibition is a decade-long meditation on everything and nothing. The basic materials that comprise the work bind us to this earth and each other. The drawings investigate ideas of labor and ritual while exploiting the physical properties of paper and graphite, resulting in a seemingly unknowable yet familiar surface. The intimacy of this process is a welcoming, a space where quiet contemplation can lead to a deeper understanding of this world.

With these drawings, devoid of narrative, there is no spectacle, only attention. The simple mark is the moment, and the moment an infinite unto its own. Dense yet radiant, the works create an expansive space that opens the door to something unforeseen. The resulting surface is weighted by the patience to allow the poetics of nothingness to navigate uncertainty and instability in the contemporary world.

Jenene Nagy | The Weight
March 6 - May 4, 2024

Helzer Gallery
Portland Community College
Rock Creek Campus
Building 3 / Room 102
17705 NW Springville Road
Portland, OR 97229

Artist Talk and Gallery Reception
Thursday, April 18, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Gallery Hours
Monday – Friday 9 am – 4 pm
Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm (free parking)