Rowan University Art Gallery
Stefanie Nagorka: Aisle Tour
The Westby Gallery at Rowan University is proud to present a comprehensive solo exhibition of New Jersey artist, Stefanie Nagorka. Over the past three decades, this adaptable artist has developed an affinity for working with ready-made, repeating units, such as CMU's (concrete masonry units), pre-fabricated bricks, disposable take-out containers from which she makes concrete castings, and superfluous, everyday materials.
In her recent sculpture, developed since 2002, the artist found herself in the large, expansive home improvement stores such as Home Depot and Lowe's. Instead of buying and carting bricks back to her home, she decided to claim that particular public space as her studio and create a public sculptural intervention in the store itself, utilizing the wealth of bricks and paving stones available. She documents her stacked and torqued sculpture by photography, creating a record of her temporary art, before the bricks get dismantled and sold to patrons for their home projects.
Nagorka's sculpture express a deep affinity for the traditions created in the 1960's and defined by artists
such as Dan Flavin, Donald Judd and Carl Andre. Mass-manufactured materials, an erasure of the artists
hand, and a questioning of the status of the art object itself are all central to Nagorka's work. Her very
public process of creation demystifies the myth of the artist alone in the studio and opens up her work to
issues of value, commodification, temporality, and status.
This solo exhibition will include recent photography, cast concrete sculptures, prints, and on-site sculptural installations. All materials for the on-site sculpture are generously loaned by Home Depot, Deptford, NJ.
Stefanie Nagorka was born in Germany and resides in Montclair, NJ. She has received a BFA and a MFA from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her solo exhibitions include venues in New York and New Jersey. Her work can be found in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Fogg Museum of Art (Harvard University), Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven), and the Drawing Center, NY.