Thanks to everyone who came to see RUINATION DAY or followed along online. It was an ✨amazing✨ time. Special thanks to Tiger Strikes Asteroid and Terri Saulin for having me in your beautiful gallery, and to Bethlehem and Sad Patrick for a perfect performance on April 14. “It was not December and it was not May, twas the fourteenth of April that is Ruination Day.” PRESS “Imparting the patterns of history a
April 14: Lincoln was shot. The Titanic hit the iceberg. The Black Sunday dust storm devastated the Midwest. Three major events in U.S. history occurred on the same date, and each are documented in folk and blues songs: “Booth Killed Lincoln,” a 19th-century folk ballad; “God Moves on the Water” by Blind Willie Johnson; “The Great Dust Storm” by Woody Guthrie; and “Ruination Day, Part II” by Gillian Welch. Music beco
My music-as-color paintings are hitting the road again, this time appearing at InLiquid @ Crane Arts. Opening reception will be Thursday, April 13 from 6-9pm, and the show will run through May 28. I’ll be exhibiting my “Well-Tempered Clavier” and “Mikrokosmos” series; Bach’s first Cello Suite, Fugue in C Major, and Chaconne; several Chord Progressions; and a large-scale textile wor
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
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
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