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Exhibit at NOVA-Manassas features Matt Chodoronek abstracts

Paintings by Matt Chodoronek will be on display from Jan. 10 to Feb. 29 at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College. The exhibition is free and open to the public 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to noon on Saturdays.

Chodoronek’s abstract paintings portray memories in an anthropomorphic form. “A memory that may cause some sort of embarrassment, discomfort or joy is given form to bring about reflection on other memories which all tie up to create a very grand and personal self portrait,” he said. “The forms are abstract because the stillness of a portrait can’t capture the movement of a situation which causes sensations. Abstraction also makes other senses easier to convey, such as the smell of oranges or the sound of a squeaky door.”

Teeth and humor are common devices in Chodoronek’s paintings. “I see teeth as a way to express powerful feelings as we usually only show our teeth when severely angry, happy or sad. The cartoon-like appearance to my work hopefully conveys an air of humor,” he said.

During high school, Chodoronek won several regional and national awards for his art. He attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago until an illness, later diagnosed as Crohn’s disease, forced him to leave. Since then, Chodoronek has been attending NOVA and building a portfolio. He lives in Centreville.

To learn more, contact Fine Arts Program Head Randy Michener at rmichener@nvcc.edu.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.