Jan Nagle

Jan Nagle is a nationally exhibited multi-disciplinary artist who works primarily in photography, film/video, and installation. Nagle’s work is part of several public and private collections, including the permanent collections of Light Work in Syracuse, NY and The Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, NY. Recent exhibitions include ‘The Front Yard,’ a permanent interactive video installation at The Burchfield Penney Art Center, and a solo retrospective exhibition at The Marion Art Gallery at SUNY Fredonia. Nagle is Program Associate at The Center for Photography at Woodstock, and teaches at SUNY New Paltz and Dutchess Community College.



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Jan Nagle’s Homespun (Hand-processed super-8 film, transferred to digital video w/sound, 2010, 02:12 min.) is an exploration of the perception of time – how long and short time can seem – and the abstraction of memory. All four images in Homespun span time and space in varying ways, tracing the paths Jan has tread and retread over the course of her life… A circular path in her backyard in Niagara Falls, in summer and winter; the Tappan Zee Bridge from the Metro North train, and the ferris wheel at Fantasy Island, on interstate 190 between Buffalo and Niagara Falls; a giant snow mound outside of the Fashion Outlet Mall in Niagara Falls, and Lake Erie at Port Colborne Beach, Ontario, Canada; the highest hill in Alfred, NY, and the Town Square in front of the grain mill where she lived in Bergholz, NY, in the farmlands outside of Niagara Falls. She recorded the most common sounds from her everyday life, and combined them in Homespun: a shower, a coffee maker, her car with an aging muffler, a siren, and a church bell.