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Joshua Jensen-Nagle and Andre Kertész

Newzones Gallery, Calgary AB – Feb 3-Mar 3, 2007

Joshua Jensen-Nagle - Compassion

Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Compassion (2006), pigment print on panel with resin [NewZones Gallery, Calgary AB, Feb 3-Mar 3]

NewZones introduces the work of up-and-coming photo artist Joshua Jensen-Nagle in a solo exhibit during Exposure, Calgary's month long photography event. The New Jersey-born artist graduated from Ryerson Polytechnic Institute in 2003 and is known for his experimentation with image formats, low-tech production techniques and materials.

Joshua Jensen-Nagle - Trying to Understand
Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Trying to Understand (2006), pigment print on panel with resin [NewZones Gallery, Calgary AB, Feb 3-Mar 3]

Jensen-Nagle’s recent photographs capture blurry impressions of the city outskirts, highway overpasses and vacant industrial lots. By shooting with expired Polaroid film and a soft-focus lens, he seeks to imbue the urban landscapes with an “implausible romanticism”. Produced as inkjet prints on watercolour paper and finished with a coat of polymer resin, the images have the aura of paintings. Shown alongside the landscapes is an additional series of animal images taken at the Natural History Museum in New York. The spooky animal forms glow as if by radiation against murky dark backgrounds, underscoring the surrealism of zoo practice in a contemporary world.

NewZones is also featuring photographs by the legendary Hungarian-born American photographer Andre Kertész (1894-1985). Many of Kertész’s modernist images, for example The Fork, Esztergom, Swimmer, the Park Bench and Mondrian's Atelier, are among the most famous photographs of this century. Kertész perfected and popularized the art of hand-held photography over seventy years ago, and his work influenced new generations of photojournalists.

Mia Johnson

www.newzones.com

Joshua Jensen-Nagle - Hold Still Keep Going
Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Hold Still Keep Going (2006), pigment print on panel with resin [NewZones Gallery, Calgary AB, Feb 3-Mar 3]


Joshua Jensen-Nagle - Screw It We’re Thinking about What’s Ahead
Joshua Jensen-Nagle, Screw It We’re Thinking about What’s Ahead (2006), pigment print on panel with resin [NewZones Gallery, Calgary AB, Feb 3-Mar 3]

 Wed, Feb 7, 2007