It reminded me of the sky and I look at it not often enough. /January 31 - February 13, 2014
The first piece was an accident. Dyed fabric left out in the rain. It reminded me of the sky and I look at it not often enough. The fabrics were dyed and left outside again, some of these were left out during a cold snap or during a heavy rain storm and some were left out while it unrelentingly drizzled for days. There were times when I folded them up to only expose the top parts to the elements, leaving the bottom alone to soak and meld in the dewy grass. After a down pour I also poured onto the wet fabric to create the illusion of what had happened the night before or I would pour liquid turmeric to get a toasted hue of the days sun. At one point, feeling desperate, I poured a whole bottle of old sumi ink to black out the sun hazed feeling that was there before. I prefer sunrises to sunsets.
BIO: Jean Nagai’s current body of work is a series of drawings using acrylic, correctional fluid and a meticulous dot technique; the many small dots form large, symbol based patterns which visually reference Japanese shiboridye techniques and the pixels of computer graphics. This work is an investigation into individual identity and the nature of the collective in service of the symbolic whole; the imagery explores ancient themes of growth, time, war and rebirth that are still present in our pop culture. The works represent the confluence of spirituality and mass culture.