Hank Rondina Invited to Exhibit Six Paintings, Including Five of His Music/Color Series, At the Media Loft Gallery, New Rochelle, NY

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In 2004, Eastchester artist Hank Rondina initiated a series of paintings that evokes both auditory and visual responses in the viewer, by uniting the chromatic relationships among the jazz progressions found in the twelve key signatures of the Circle of Fifths in music, with the chromatic relationships of color in Johannes Itten’s Twelve Hue Subtractive Color Wheel.

Trapped in D Flat ii-v-i Chords

In 2004, Eastchester artist Hank Rondina initiated a series of paintings that evokes both auditory and visual responses in the viewer, by uniting the chromatic relationships among the jazz progressions found in the twelve key signatures of the Circle of Fifths in music, with the chromatic relationships of color in Johannes Itten’s Twelve Hue Subtractive Color Wheel.

The exhibit includes five from his Music/Color series. They are "Monk's Dream," " B Major ii-v-i Chords," " A Flat ii-v-i Chords," "Trapped in D Flat ii-v-i Chords," and "G Flat ii-v-i Chords." In November, 2007 "G Flat ii-v-i Chords" he was the recipient of the Christine Jones Morocco Award at the American Society of Contemporary Artists annual exhibit at the Broome Street Gallery, 498 Broome Street, NY.

Rondina states: "Grounded in abstract expressionism, my work joins the visual pleasure of painting with the audio impact of music. My palette is the keyboard and each of the twelve hues in Johannes Itten's Color Wheel corresponds to a musical note or jazz progression within a major or minor key. The juxtaposition of color, line, and shape affect the perception of the painted image just as notes, progressions, and chords come together in a jazz composition. My hope is that you will hear a sound or a vibration as you look."

Hank Rondina was born in the Bronx, New York in 1945

In 1968, the artist became a police officer with the Mt. Vernon Police Department in Westchester County, New York. He rose to the rank of Detective and Composite Artist.

He acquired an Associate in Applied Science in Criminal Justice at Westchester Community College and entered the College of New Rochelle to focus on Art and Education. He graduated with a BA and a New York State Teacher Certification to teach Art K – 12 and was accepted in the Master of Fine Arts program at Lehman College, the Bronx, New York

In 1982, he participated in a group exhibit, What I Do for Art, curator Kathleen Goncharov, at the Just Above Midtown Gallery, New York City, and also exhibited with the Organization of Independent Artists at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center’s ’82 – ’83 Sculpture Garden at Ward’s Island. The exhibit, curated by the OIA and AREA (Artists Representing Environmental Arts).

In 1989, the artist was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a disease that reduces the visual field and greatly increases sensitivity to light. Welding was no longer an option, and Hank returned to painting.

Hank is represented by the Montserrat Gallery, Chelsea, New York and has also exhibited in Bronxville, Scarsdale, Eastchester, New York and Greenwich, Connecticut. He is a member of the American Society of Contemporary Artists, Artists Equity, New York City, an associate member of the American Watercolor Society, a member of the New Rochelle Art Association, The Art Society of Old Greenwich and President of the Scarsdale Art Association. He has received numerous awards and is represented in collections throughout United States.

The Media Loft Gallery is located at 50 Webster Avenue, New Rochelle, NY. The exhibit runs May 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23. Reception: Saturday, May 15, 4 - 8pm. The exhibit is Curated by Eric Woodlin and installed by Nancy Egol Nikkal. Media Contact: Eric Woodlin at 914-740-5437 or eric (at) incomingtideentertainment (dot) com

High-resolution images are available. Contact Hank Rondina at 914-793-1376 or artist (at) hankrondina (dot) com

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