NO GREY AREAS
28th February 2015 - 14th March 2015
Private view 28th February 2015 6pm
On February 28th, (it’s all) Tropical present with HAHA Gallery Southampton, No Grey Areas an exhibition in black and white. Only Black and White.
Some may argue that by setting a brief with a strict removal of all but black and white, we are limiting the creative opportunities of our invited artists, or worse still, that we are intentionally dismantling key components within the practices of those we admire.
It is in fact our hope to achieve the opposite.
Artists self imposed restrictions of colour and the consequent use of black and white, has, throughout the 20th and 21st century, generated some of the most uniquely expressive art. With the most notable examples, arguably unmatched in their ability to communicate radical and revolutionary ideas, our question is simply this - what can be communicated using the same restricted palette today?
In todays “information age”, where the answers are just a click away, what can we discuss by stripping our work down to its bare essentials? Maybe without the subtleties of the “grey areas” that colour can bring to a work, the simplicity of Black and White can have the potential to create confrontational artworks, inviting the viewer to interact and interpret with a renewed scrutiny, more commonly reserved for scientific diagrams or instructions.
Alternatively, the works expressive qualities may hold fast, creating the same“… launching point for infinity…” as Josef Albers experimentation's with black and white were once described.
(Nicholas Fox Weber, the Executive Director of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation)
Claudia Dance Wells
Del Hardin Hoyle
Josef Zachary Shanley-Jackson
Lea Torp Nielsen