By Edith Newhall, for the Inquirer May 10, 2015 [view original publication] Writing and music have much in common, but the similarities that emerge when the two forms of communication are translated into graphic systems of color, as seen in the pairing of paintings by Gerard Brown and Melinda Steffy in “Chromography: Writing in Color” at Rowan University Art Gallery, are remarkable. Brown, a writer and a painter, has transformed writings by Robert Smithson, Judith Butler, Edith Whart
Been following along on the buzz about the “Chromography: Writing in Color” exhibition currently on display at the Rowan University Art Gallery? Here’s what’s been going on: April 24, 2015 – DonArtNews http://brewermultimedia.com/color/ April 20, 2015 – NJ.com http://www.nj.com/indulge/index.ssf/2015/04/rowan_art_exhibit_chromography.html April 14, 2015 – The Whit (Rowan University) http://www.thewhitonline.com/chromography-brings-color-and-sound-to-visu
Listen to music to accompany my artwork on display at Rowan University Art Gallery from March 23-May 9 and the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival from June 14-21, including Glenn Gould playing Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier, Jeno Jando playing Bartók’s Mikrokosmos, and Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach’s first Cello Suite.
For Chromography: Writing in Color, Gerard Brown and I have engaged artist Jane Irish to write an essay for the exhibition brochure. She had several questions for me (Why Bach? What is the purpose of a score to you? What is your step-by-step of process?), to which I wrote a long and rambling reply. For those with the same sorts of questions, I present my responses to Jane in their entirety. _____ I trace this current body back to a number of years ago when the PMA had several hand-drawn scores b
In June, you’ll be able to catch my artwork as part of the Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival. As an occasional singer in the Festival, I’m looking forward to being involved this year on the visual art side. Should be the perfect pairing of artwork and music! Be sure to come out on Sunday, June 14 for a presentation at 2:00pm that explains more about my process and looks at other forms of untraditional music notation. _____ Melinda Steffy The Score Is Not the Music Shenandoah Valley Bac