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Ernst Center to display ‘Color Chords’ art show

Barbara Januszkiewicz
Barbara Januszkiewicz, Unchain My Heart, 2016, Acrylic on unprimed canvas, 60” x 48”
Matthew Grimes
Matthew Grimes; Ready, Keep Going, Let's Go; 2016; House paint, spray paint, billboard papers, street markers, graphite, and carpenter's glue on wood panel; 48” x 48” 
Jeremy Flick

Jeremy Flick, 209869053 (Head On), 2016, Acrylic on canvas, 36” x 36”

The Verizon Gallery at the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus’ Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center is pleased to announce the exhibition Color Chords: Vibrations of the Washington Color School opening Tuesday, May 24. Exhibiting artists include Jeremy Flick, Matthew Grimes, Bill Hill, Andrew Hudson and Barbara Januszkiewicz.

A public reception featuring local experimental musician Ted Zook to be held Wednesday, June 1 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. will also present an opportunity to meet and talk with the artists and to look at a discovery station where one can become acquainted with the history of the Washington Color School movement. The exhibition will remain on view through July 10.

It is no coincidence that parallels can loosely be drawn between each of these artists and those of the Washington Color School. Although none of those exhibiting here today are strictly neo post-expressionist color field artists, Januszkiewicz, whose work touches upon and ultimately deviates from that of Morris Louis, was challenged several years ago by the last surviving Washington Color School artist Paul Reed, recently deceased, to paint on canvas rather than paper.

It is Januszkiewicz who came up with the idea for Color Chords. As curator of the exhibition, and also one of the five exhibiting artists, her work is deeply influenced by music: “I see a fusion of music and art, a real paradox of same-yet-different. This is not about just one note,” she said. Januszkiewicz chose each of these artists for their distinctive voices as well as for their complex understanding of color harmony.

This exhibition is part of a community outreach program by Januszkiewicz who, not only wants to educate the general public on the real history behind the Washington Color School, but also wants to prove that there is still significant artistic genius in Washington, D.C. Januszkiewicz wants to recognize these artists, and it is her aim to build awareness through a series of exhibitions, of which this is the first, throughout the greater metropolitan area.

For further information, an exhibition website features more in-depth content including an online catalogue, images of the artwork, essays and interviews. You can view the website at colorchordsdc.wix.com/nova. The Verizon Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. The gallery also serves as a theater lobby and is open during performances.


Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu


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