'Prismatic Vernacular'

Chicago artist James Jankowiak brings his dynamic abstract paintings to Luther College in "Prismatic Vernacular," an exhibition of works that focus on the role of color and familiar form as a means of communication in our day-to-day environment.

The exhibit is on display Feb. 15-March 20 in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Gallery of Luther's Center for the Arts, with an opening reception at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16, in the same location. The gallery and reception are open to the public with no charge for admission.

Using a combination of hard edged and free hand techniques that connect to history and the contemporary world, Jankowiak explores modes of visual communication associated with past collective experiences and the subconscious meanings people assign to them. His technique is rooted in repetition and ritual, and he considers his painting practice to be a meditative attempt to assign spiritual meaning through the deconstruction of everyday objects.

A dedicated teaching artist, Jankowiak focuses on bringing contemporary practice to under-resourced students throughout his hometown of Chicago. Jankowiak has crafted the knowledge and skills honed from his early years as a graffiti artist and applied them to his full-time endeavors as a professional artist, activist and educator.

The artist has worked in the learning and public programming department of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago since 2003. He has led numerous permanent public art projects both within Chicago Public Schools and neighborhood streets, and was recently commissioned to design artwork for the Chicago Transit Authority's newly constructed Union Station Transit Center in 2016.

Jankowiak's work has been exhibited in the Netherlands, France, New York, Miami and widely in Chicago, including at the Museum of Contemporary Art, SAIC's Roger Brown Study Collection, the Hyde Park Art Center, Western Exhibitions and the Chicago Cultural Center.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,150, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.

'Prismatic Vernacular'