In his latest series Dreams and Journeys, Joshua Jensen-Nagle brings a playful approach to the everyday traveller. These works capture architectural subjects from all over Europe, each image is a sublime experience of a known site.
In his latest series Dreams and Journeys, Joshua Jensen-Nagle brings a playful approach to the everyday traveller. These works capture architectural subjects from all over Europe, revisited by the artist who returns to his past subjects with a new perspective. Each image is a sublime experience of a known site: Rome’s Pantheon glows in white light as an admiring public spill from its doors onto a busy street; Jerusalem’s Western Wall humbles its reverent visitors; the sprawling Place de la Bourse in Bordeaux enwraps a lively scene of tourists waiting to see their reflection in the Miroir D'Eau. These newest scenes are impressive theatres of civilization and geography that both indulge our sense of nostalgia and appreciation of architectural treasures. Common to each image is a distinct sense of contemporaneity: every place—embattled, sacred, and sometimes austere—re-enters the present by way of human engagement. History and daily life coexist; Jensen-Nagle’s places are not documents, but “views,” intended to prompt the curious and familiar sensation of dreams and memories intertwining. Joshua Jensen-Nagle has mounted over fifty exhibitions in Canada and abroad, and is included in notable private and institutional collections such as the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Cirque du Soleil and the Griffin Museum in Boston. His work has appeared in publications including Canadian Art, Harper’s, Art in America, and Fashion. He holds a degree in Image Arts and Photographic Studies from Ryerson University and lives and works in Toronto.