CJ Nye

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Title: Zephyr
Year: 2015
Materials: Oil on muslin, chain, beads
Dimensions: H 92 W 32 D 32

Title: Cabbages and Kings
Year: 2015
Materials: Plaster, salvaged ring boxes
Dimensions: H 2.75 W 2 D 3

Title: The History of Fish I (with: Paper Tiger)
Year: 2015
Materials: Oil on canvas, wool given by my aunt, hardware
Dimensions: H 73.5 W 11.5 D 11.5

Title: Redon’s Butterflies
Year: 2014
Materials: Oil on gauze, branches brought down by Sandy, hardware
Dimensions: H 79.75 W 26 D 26

Title: Boxies I-IX
Year: 2012
Materials: Oil on canvas, salvaged ring boxes
Dimensions: H 2.75 W 2 D 3


Drawing on immediate experiences I describe the world as I feel it and as I understand it rationally, in broad strokes.

To find the lexicon of my work, look through the filter of modern painting to the decorative arts: the fluidity of Art Nouveau, the sleekness of Deco, the geometry of the Wiener Werkstatte, the deliberate imperfection of Islamic art, and the graphic tempo of Japanese woodblock prints and screens. Ply that stylistic breadth with the liberty of materiality granted by the Abstract Expressionists.

Then take it further, take it off the picture plane.


Select solo & feature shows
2015-16 | Prepositional Painting, Chashama 300, NYC—Awarded NEA Grant
2014 | Venn, solo, Tompkins Square, NYPL, NYC—Artcritical “Pick”
2013 | Source, Bernard Klevickas & CJ Nye, Second Avenue Firehouse Gallery, Bay Shore, NY
2011 | Eponymous solo, The George Bruce, NYPL, NYC
2010 | Shave & a Diptych – Two Bits, solo, Barber Bart, NYC

Select group shows
2015-16 | Sideshow Nation: Thru the Looking Glass, Sideshow Gallery & Life on Mars Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
2015 | A Weekend at the Old Gem, presented by Arts@Renaissance with support from the NYC DCA, Brooklyn, NY
2014 | Cavellini Festival, c: Mark Bloch, White Box, NYC
2014 | Content in Absence & Those Little Things, Montclair Art Museum Young Curators Program at Pierro Art Gallery, South Orange, NJ
2012 | Joie de Vivre, the Hullaballoo Collective at PS Project Space, NYC
2012 | It’s a Small, Small, World, c: Jayson Musson, Family Business, NYC
2011 | Occupy the Walls: A Poster Show, AC Institute, NYC
2010 | Power to the People, Feature Inc., NYC
2010 | B.Y.O.A., X Initiative, NYC

Select publications
2015 | On Relationships, With Self & Others, portfolio, Stone Voices, Summer 2015 Issue 16, pp. 14-21
2014 | River Lit, Volume 4, No. 14, Cover
2013 | Calyx, Volume 27, No. 3, portfolio & Cover
2013 | The Thing About Drawing, Praeterita, Philip A Hartigan
2012 | A View from the Easel, Part 8, Hyperallergic
2012 | Art Word: CJ Nye, Cincinnati Art Snob

Select projects & events
2015 | Moon Drawing #04802, The Moon Drawings project, Carnegie Mellon University
2014 | Bob & Roberta Smith Art Amnesty, MoMA PS1, Queens, NY
2013 | Selected for Curate NYC online exhibition by guest curator Debra Simon
2013 | Selected for Curate NYC online exhibition by guest curator Amanda Hunt
2013 | The Art of Japanese Fashion, Community Gallery, the Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

2007 | TC, Columbia University, MA Arts Administration
2000 | School of Visual Arts, BFA

Place: New York, NY

Contact: cjnye@cjnye.com

Website: http://cjnye.com/