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Marion Art Gallery to host Western New York artist’s exhibition
Friday, August 29, 2014

Marion Art Gallery to host Western New York artist’s exhibition

“Corpse [Horizons]” is a 2012 work by Jan Nagle.

The works of a Western New York artist will be featured in the next exhibition in the Cathy and Jesse Marion Art Gallery at the State University of New York at Fredonia beginning Tuesday, Sept. 9.

“Place & Space,” the opening exhibition of the 2014-15 season, features the works of Jan Nagle, a nationally exhibited artist.

The reception with the artist will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, rather than on the opening day as is traditional.

Nagle is a multi-disciplinary artist and art educator who works primarily in photography, film/video, and installation. She earned an MFA at The State University of New York at Buffalo. Her work is part of several public and private collections including Light Work in Syracuse and The Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo and has been exhibited regionally and nationally.

She describes herself as “an accidental transplant, but proud and grateful to be part of the Western New York art community.”

Nagle said her work is “about place and how it informs identity.”

“Each artwork revolves around my conception of place at the time the piece is made and its ontological consequences,” Nagle said. “I prefer a layered approach to meaning so that each piece can be understood at multiple access points. My work not only depicts my personal and changing relationship with the notion of home, but also reflects societal shifts in the conception of home in the wake of the recent profusion of natural catastrophes, escalating environmental issues, and economic crises.”

Photography, film/video, performance, installation, and drawing/collage are among the mediums she uses.

“As an emerging artist and art educator at the turn of the 21st century, I have come of age at the analog-digital crux, with one foot firmly in each camp,” Nagle said. “Through a toggling of new and old technologies, I attempt to contextualize my personal experiences within the technological flux of imaging, and find a home there.”

The exhibition runs through Oct. 5.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. from Sunday through Thursday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The Marion Art Gallery is located on the main level of Rockefeller Arts Center on the Fredonia campus.

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