Mono is a month-long black and white season at Espacio Gallery. In two consecutive exhibitions, Mono 1 and Mono 2, artists meet the challenge of making a purely monochrome statement, while being free to explore a variety of subjects, styles and media.
Black and white are polar extremes for the artist, and for all of us another way of saying Yes/No, Good/Bad, Hero/Villain. Similarly, white light contains all colours - black their absence - and it is this duality which gives us the magic of old photographs and cinema, as well as works by famous contemporary artists such as James Turell, Bill Culbert and Jenny Holzer.
Yet aside from these positive and negative aspects black and white also can suggest refinement, taste stripped back to the simple contrast between two elements. Without the emotional charge of colour the artist’s intent and expressive means are laid bare. Neither the artist nor viewer can take refuge – art in black and white carries a concise message and demands our immediate attention.
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