NEW YORK, NY.- FreedmanArt
is presenting Colors." The exhibition features works by over twenty-five artists, including Josef Albers, Jack Bush, Sam Francis, Helen Frankenthaler, Hans Hofmann, Robert Motherwell, Kenneth Noland, Larry Poons, Kurt Schwitters, and Frank Stella, among others.
The exhibition is inspired by an original work of poetry, titled Colors, which was itself inspired by an original work of art.
The original work of poetry is by middle school student Zoe Kusyk, age twelve. Ms. Kusyk attends Village School, an all-girls school in Charlottesville, Virginia. The original work of art is a painting by artist Larry Poons called Untitled, 77-A-9, 1977, in the collection of the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
The poem begins with the word Colors, the visual impact of which continues in our exhibition. Our selection of paintings, works on paper, and collages celebrates numerous artists whose colors speak in their imaginative ways with Zoes closing words: Separate colors, when let live and die, become one.
Ms. Kusyk's poem Colors won first place for poetry in the Fralin Museum of Art's annual literary competition, Writers Eye, in 2016. That year, the Fralin celebrated the thirtieth anniversary of Writers Eye, which challenges writers of all ages to create original works of poetry and prose inspired by art on display in the Museum (Introduction to the 2016 Writer's Eye Anthology).
Art is beauty with a purpose. We make art because we want to make a difference, a positive difference, with our work. We sense there is a void somewhere, and we thinkwith all humilitythat our words might be able to fill it. We want to add our voices to an ancient conversation. Christopher Tilghman, January 2017*
*This quote by one of the jurors for the competition, published author Christopher Tilghman, was expressed in the 2016 Writers Eye Anthology.
Colors By Zoe Kusyk
Colors running down
Separate in the beginning,
Blurred in the end.
Distinct, indistinct at the same time.
But theyre not just colors,
Even though thats what you see.
Theres a story behind each of them,
And the stories tie together in the end.
Pink is a boy from Boston,
Who dreams to be a writer,
But is forced to be a soldier.
Orange is a girl from Houston,
With a drunk for a father,
Who runs away from home.
Green is a boy from London,
Who wants to be an artist,
But cant draw a stick figure.
Red is a girl from Delhi,
Who wants to be a doctor,
But instead is destined to marry rich and leave.
How these stories tie together
Well, the truth is,
Everything ties together in the end.
There are similarities in all of them
Happiness that you cant see.
Theyre not just colors,
With human nature.
When let live and die,
Colors By Zoe Kusyk (Village School, Charlottesville, VA)
Inspired by Larry Poonss Untitled 77-A-9, 1977
1st Place, Poetry, Grades 6-8
30th Annual Writers Eye Literary Competition, 2016
The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia