Junction 01: Wayson R. Jones + Billy Friebele
Curated by: Paul Hrusa
September 21 – November 17, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, September 21, 7-9pm
Art Works Now is pleased to present Junction 01, featuring recent works by artists Wayson R. Jones and Billy Friebele beginning September 21 through November 17, 2018.
By exploring the activity of drawing and incorporating elements of chance, both artists explore the idea of time and the potential of form as vehicles to experience, interpret, and reflect the temporal world.
Junction 01 is the first of a series of exhibitions and special projects developed by curator Paul Hrusa in partnership with Art Works Now. “Junction is about connection. It is about the connecting point between the work of two artists which makes for interesting exhibitions. Junction is about connecting artists to the community while connecting the next generation to the possibilities of art. And of course, Junction references the railroad tracks running alongside the Gateway Arts District,” describes Hrusa.
“Paul has a great eye and mind for important work being done in and around our community,” says Art Works Now’s founder and executive director, Barbara Johnson. “We are excited to join forces with Paul to put together a series of exhibitions that will bring artists and community – including our kids -together around powerful ideas and issues of access and social justice.”
There will be an opening reception on Friday, September 21 from 7-9pm. The exhibition will be on view through November 17.
Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10am-6pm and Saturdays, 10am-2pm.
Wayson R. Jones is a painter, musician, and spoken-word artist. He received a degree in music from University of Maryland and later went on to perform with renowned poet Essex Hemphill, as part of Washington DC’s burgeoning Black gay and lesbian arts scene of the 1980s and ‘90s. The two performed in venues including dc space, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center, The Painted Bride (Philadelphia), LACE (Los Angeles), and LaMama Theater (NYC), and appeared in works by groundbreaking filmmaker Isaac Julien (Looking for Langston) and videographer Marlon Riggs (Tongues Untied, Black Is/Black Ain’t). Wayson also created music for other members of DC’s downtown arts scene, including producer Dorothy Green, whose documentary King Stories was broadcast on National Public Radio. His visual art is informed by these experiences and by an exuberant approach to materiality and process. He has participated in group shows at the University of Mary Washington Ridderhof Martin Gallery, University of Maryland David Driskell Center, and Indiana University East Tom Thomas Gallery, and has had solo shows at BlackRock Center for the Arts, Arts/Harmony Hall, and the Northern Virginia Community College Margaret W. and Joseph L. Fisher Gallery. Wayson is the recipient of a 2017 Individual Artist Fellowship from the Prince George’s Arts and Humanities Council. His work has been purchased by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Maryland/National Capital Park and Planning Commission, MGM National Harbor, and The Hotel at the University of Maryland, and is in private collections in the DC area and nationally.
Billy Friebele teaches as an Assistant Professor of Art at Loyola University Maryland. A multimedia artist working in Hyattsville, he creates artwork examining expanded notions of time and environmental awareness. Billy has exhibited at the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Orlando Museum of Art, the Art Museum of the Americas, among other places. His work is currently on view at the Sandy Spring Museum.
Paul Hrusa is a painter who lives and works in Hyattsville, MD. He received his BFA in Studio Art with a concentration in Painting from Syracuse University in 1994. Immediately after school he was part of the nascent group of artists and musicians who established the art scene in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. By the turn of the century Paul was a part of the staff at the seminal Dia Foundation for the Arts in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan, and soon after helped launch the first Howl! Festival in Manhattan. He has since continued to work with a variety of creative professionals while at St. Ann’s Warehouse, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, and as a graphic designer and web developer. His paintings and graphic works have been exhibited in New York City, Washington DC, and Richmond, among other places. In addition to painting, Paul has written art criticism for the Washington City Paper and Hyattsville Life & Times, and currently curates exhibitions in the Gateway Arts District.