DC Arts Center Presents Julian Rumos Hyper-Focus

By Editorial Team on June 6, 2022

Fri, 27 May 2022 - Sun, 26 June 2022

Courtesy of DC Arts Center.
Closing Reception: Sunday, June 26 from 6pm to 7pm

DC Arts Center, located in the heart of Adams Morgan, is proud to introduce emerging artist Julian Rumos with the opening of her debut solo show Hyper-Focus curated by Joette Jones. Hyper-Focus also marks the debut of curator and DC Arts Center Board Member Joette James. Featuring an array of acrylics on canvas, Hyper-Focus is at its heart a visual story exploring identity. “I believe that everybody has a history that can be told through their physical presentation,” said artist Julian Rumos. “Early portraits of family and friends reflected long personal histories I had with the subjects; newer works push me to produce snapshots of a stranger’s personhood. I challenge myself to use a consistent color palette to connect the visual stories of different people.”

“Julian’s work is powerful, visually compelling, and immediate,” said new Executive Director, Sean Elias. “Exploring identity in America at a time when identity and geography determine survival is an exploration of great weight and magnitude. Julian Rumos ably brings this exploration to the canvas and allows us to enter into a dialogue without the limits of the English language.”

Julian Rumos continues, “As I shape the person on my canvas, I make it a goal to keep as many sketch lines as possible, so the piece’s development is visible in the final result. I believe that doing so speaks to the personal history I have with each work I make. My process for painting portraits parallels that of clay sculpting; the form becomes more detailed and refined through the passage of time. I use guiding lines with a pen to analyze and shape the composition. These marks also allow me to show the viewer the underlying structure of each portrait. Further, I feel that revealing the molding process in portraits provides an opportunity to reflect on the emotional, behavioral, and social shaping we all undergo throughout life, both conscious and unconscious. Each of my models has been defined by a complex and unique history. The experiences that make up their personhood are as dynamic and numerous as the strokes used to capture them.”

“Within Rumos’s work, whether it is someone well known to her or a stranger, we recover both the individual as well as clues to the generations who have gone before,” said curator Joette James. “How do we truly know another person? Despite the individualized and nuanced nature of humanity and the layers of bio-psycho-social experiences that shape us, in our fast-paced and tech-driven world, it is easy to lose sight of the complexity. In Hyper-Focus, painter Julian Rumos gives us a glimpse of that depth.”

DC Arts Center (DCAC) is the only institution solely dedicated to fostering underrepresented artists in the greater Washington, D.C., area. We believe that by encouraging artists of all types and all levels to pursue their passion, community transformation is possible. Located in the heart of Washington, D.C’.s vibrant Adams Morgan neighborhood, DCAC operates a small arts facility that includes two art galleries, a 42-seat black box theater, and office space. Founded in 1989 as an accessible alternative arts center in response to eroding support for local artists, DCAC has since become a hub of creativity in the visual and performing arts, receiving local, national, and international attention. Artists of all types, including poets, painters, actors, storytellers, sculptors, and performance artists, have been drawn to DCAC from as close as around the corner to as far as from other continents.

DCAC is located at 2438 18th Street NW.