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Canadian Artist of the Week
LOOK AT THIS: The Dreamy, Nostalgic Photography Of Joshua Jensen-Nagle
February 15, 2014
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Always In My Dreams

LOOK AT THIS is a weekly series featuring the work of Canadian artists, designers and creators of all sorts.

Name: Joshua Jensen-Nagle

Born: New Jersey, 1981

Lives and work: Toronto

The work: When you first look at a photograph by Joshua Jensen-Nagle, it can be hard to tell just what you're seeing. He uses a wide range of devices and techniques — pinhole cameras, vintage film, paint splatters — to create gauzy, nostalgic images of European capitals, ornate museums and crowded beaches. For his series "New Canadiana," the New Jersey native, who's in the process of applying for Canadian citizenship, turned his lens on his adoptive country, creating dreamy, heavily tinted scenes of Canada's forests and lakes. 

On being an art truant: Jensen-Nagle told about the moment he decided to become an artist: "when I was in high school and saw images of Robert Frank’s 'The Americans,'" he said. "After that I started skipping class and spending more time in the darkroom."

On his turntable right now: “The new Arcade Fire album has been on repeat in the studio. But my go-to is Bruce Springsteen.”

His favourite Canadian artists: "Thrush Holmes is making kick-ass paintings," he said. "But there are so many: Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Edward Burtynsky, Robert Polodori and Tom Thomson just to name a few.”


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