Jenene Nagy is that rare hybrid who is a force to be reckoned with on all fronts, smart and unerring. She’s an artist whose installations have been among the best Portland has seen at PDX Contemporary Art Window Project, the Portland Modern Window Project, and as part of The Hook Up show at NAAU (among others). She’s owner with Josh Smith of Tilt Gallery and Project Space (625 NW Everett Suite 106), a terribly important space for installation work in the Everett Lofts; she’s business manager of PORT; and is a faculty member at Clark College in Vancouver. She recently took a minute to answer the questions of the ultra Q.
Qualities you most admire in art: rigor and attention to detail
Qualities you most despise in art: bad craft
Reading: Leviathan by Paul Auster
Listening to: internet radio (3WK)
Dream project: convert a small warehouse into an artist residency/live work space with a gallery.
Favorite virtue: putting aside my personal aesthetic to bring work into Tilt that is exciting, engaging, and worthy
Favorite vice: Makers Mark with ginger ale
Tragic flaw: never content to stand still. always projects, projects and more projects
Secret superhero power: helping other artists find opportunities
That which keeps your afterburners firing: my better half and my cat
What you’d like to be when you grow up: an artist
Portland’s best kept secret: the clothing optional beach at Sauvie Island
Portland heroes (sung or un-): Terri Hopkins
Interesting on the horizon (PDX): The Affair at the Jupiter Hotel in September