Transforming Jazz - A Visual Journey - Art Gallery at City Hall


Havana to Key West, Oil on Linen, 36 x 24 inches, 2017

I'm excited to announce that juror, Leroy Johnson, selected "Havana to Key West" and "0078" to be a part of "Transforming Jazz - A Visual Journey" in the gallery at Philadelphia City Hall to celebrate Jazz Week.  The exhibit will be open March 28 to May 4, 2018. 

In "Havana to Key West," I strive to simultaneously subvert the seascape and linear abstraction.  The catalyst for this piece was digital music composed by musician and art theorist, Janet Brooks.  Janet's digital compositions include jazz and latin components that I visualized and transformed into line for "Havana to Key West."  While Janet's song is titled, "Havana to New York," my painting is informed by my childhood experiences of visiting relatives in the Florida Keys and hearing tales of travel to Cuba prior to the travel restrictions imposed by the United States Government in 1963.  

Introducing "Variable"

"Variable" is my most recent, 48 x 48 inch, oil painting on canvas.  "Variable" is comprised of a single, continuous line that changes color and connects back to itself.  Variable is concerned with the divisions of the canvas and variations within them.  To make these paintings, I mix 80+ colors that I arrange in close gradations on my palette.  Next, I lay the colors down next to each other, on the canvas, one brush stroke or line segment at a time, carefully judging where the colors are going.  The objective is to line the colors up strategically on the canvas so that the hues alternate, pop, and eventually connect back to the same color.  

"Variable," Oil on Canvas, 48 x 48 Inches, 2017

"Text" on view at Crane Arts

You still have time to see my solo show, "Progression" at Crane Arts.  Contact me for a private appointment.

In the painting, Text, 2017, we get a sense of this circuitry and networks of communication. The single meandering line here changes over in subtle gradations from teal and lime green to bright yellow that transitions to orange and then to hot pink.
— Jennifer Zarro, Phd




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