Archive: December, 2012

“Speaking Synesthesia” on View 11/26-12/27

Posted by Melissa Lamar - December 27, 2012 -
Oil on Canvas, 60"x36"

“Breathing Underwater”
“Speaking Synesthesia” an exhibition of paintings by Jes Zurell, will be on display in the Wallace Barnes and Barbara Hackman Franklin Art Gallery at Tunxis Community College in Farmington November 26-December 27. An opening reception will be held November 26 from 4-6 p.m. in the Barnes-Franklin Gallery.
In describing her work, Zurell writes, “Interpreting Naples yellow as a ball of cashmere yarn, feeling a swath of crimson as a kiss and seeing glossy impasto as a decadent bite of meringue on the delicate tines of a fork, these paintings are interpretations of the simplest moments. Thinking back on a mundane moment, such as a long drive home along a road too familiar, the sound of gravel beneath the tires translates into an area of staccato brushstrokes. Sunlight catching in my squinting eyelashes filters into the play between warm and cool hues on a canvas. Paint fuses my morning tea with the fragrance of a cast iron stove, an opiate Jeff Buckley melody with the touch of leather boots. These medium- and large-scale works are consistently inconsistent – tangible translations of how I experience the world. Sometimes sharply focused and at other times deliberately blurred, I am compelled to set free that which I cannot fully express in words. This is the synesthetic experience.”
The Barnes-Franklin Art Gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and by appointment. For more information, call 860.773.1621 or email William Kluba at
Tunxis is located at the junction of Routes 6 and 177. Visit the Tunxis website at

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