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 Stefanie Nagorka  (1954 - )

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Lived/Active: New York/New Jersey / Germany      Known for: conceptual sculpture, minimalism

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BIOGRAPHY for Stefanie Nagorka
1954 (Munich, Germany)
New York/New Jersey / Germany

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conceptual sculpture, minimalism

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Combining graphite, wax, and studio detritus such as hair and dust, Stefanie Nagorka creates spare compositions of overlapping geometric designs. Under the translucent wax are graphite geometric designs. Her work has been called "minimalism freed from the grid" (ARTnews 11/98).
The following, submitted November 2004, is from Sharon Gill, Agent for the Artist.

Traveling across country through all fifty states, Nagorka claims large retail home improvement warehouses as her studio. Ms. Nagorka goes about the business of making art as if the stores hired her, which they haven't.

Performance is an inherent part of her art making process. This activity often takes the shopping public by surprise -- they don't expect to encounter "art making" on a shopping trip. Ms. Nagorka's retail studio performances expand and enhance the general public's experience and understanding of art.

Her action, building sculptures with concrete blocks, is heavy work, and yet the finished pieces disappear within hours of their creation. Ms. Nagorka's habit of taking photos of the sculptures she builds, provides us with evidence of their existence at a particular place in time and space. She leaves us with beautiful images rich in associations.

Ms. Nagorka's photographs make connections with modernist sculpture, earth art, minimalism and conceptual traditions.

Born in Germany to an American diplomat, Nagorka also lived in Turkey and Romaina before settling in Washington DC during her high school years. Both parents were musicians, and made their home a cultural hothouse. Nagorka studied fine art at Pratt Institute in the early 1970's, receiving BFA and MFA. She married and had two children, and then left New York City for Montclair New Jersey, where she currently resides.

Important influences in her work and creative develpment include Constantin Brancusi, Eva Hesse, Robert Smithson and Richard Serra.

2005 Aisle Tour, Rowan University Gallery, Glassboro, NJ
2003 Home Depot Tour, Johnson & Johnson Corporate Gallery, New Brunswick, NJ
Home Depot Tour, Bertone Gallery, Montclair, NJ
2002 Home Depot Home, Debs & Company, New York, NY
2000 CMU, Debs & Company, New York, NY
1999 Survey, Robeson Gallery, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ
1998 Works on Paper, Debs & Company, New York, NY
1994/5 Nourish, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
1993 Positive/Negative, Information Gallery, New York, NY
1992 Remains of the Day, Information Gallery, New York, NY

2003 Forging Memorial Art for Public Memory, Rutgers University Art Library, New Brunswick, NJ
2002 Twenty-fifth Anniversary Selections Show, Drawing Center, New York, NY
Dialog: Stefanie Nagorka & Claire McConaghy", Art Resources Transfer, NY, NY
Women's Work, The State Museum at Trenton, Trenton, NJ
2000 Modules, The Fields Sculpture Park, Art Omi, Ghent, NY
Pierogi 2000, Flatfiles Travel to LA, Post Gallery, LA, CA
1999-2000 Art on the Waterfront, Peninsula Park Sculpture Project, Liberty State Park, NJ
1999 Stars of Track and Field, Debs * Company, New York, NY
1998 Field Work, The Seventh Floor Gallery, New York, NY
1997 The Serial Attitude, Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, MA
Very Large Array, Debs & Company, New York, NY
Current undercurrent; Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Flatfiles, Pierogi 2000 Travels, The Gasworks, London; Corner House, Manchester, England
The Montclair Art Colony, Past and Present, The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
1996 Present Presents, Knickerbocker Gallery, New York, NY
Sculpture, Visual Arts Center, Summit, NJ
Obsessive Collections, Platform 2, Melbourne, Australia
The Drawing Show, Hastings-on-Hudson Gallery, Hastings-on-Hudson, NY
1995 Curve into Cursive, OIA, New York, NY
1994 Small Works, Sculpture Center, New York, NY
New Jersey Arts Annual, State Museum at Trenton, NJ
Double Indemnity: The Self Unmasked, City Without Walls Gallery, Newark, NJ
1993 Women's Work, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
Group Show, Information Gallery, New York, NY
Salon Show, Aljira Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
1992 Love Gone Bad, Richard Anderson Fine Arts, New York, NY
Open Spectrum '92, David Adler Cultural Center, Libertyville, IL
Small Wonders, Montclair State University Gallery, Montclair, NJ
1991 Selections '91, The Drawing Center, New York, NY

The Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY
The Drawing Center, New York, NY
Fogg Museum of Art, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
The Fields Sculpture Park, Art Omi, Ghent, NY
Arkansas Art Center at Little Rock, Little Rock, AR
State Museum at Trenton, Trenton, NJ


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