Art/Place greets new year in ‘Black & White’

It is “Mostly Black & White” when Art/Place members take on the challenges of a limited palette in their first 2014 exhibit at 70 Sanford St., opening today, Jan. 9, and continuing through March 2. A public reception will be held on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 3 to 5 p.m., and artist talks are planned for Tuesday, Feb. 2, from non to 1:30 p.m.

The exhibit features the work of 18 artists, including graphite, pen and ink, charcoal, etching, stenciling, oil and acrylic painting, photography and collage. Fairfield artist Diane Pollack is showing stenciled monotypes, inspired by contemporary artist Christopher Wool, currently showing at the Guggenheim Museum.

“Like Wool, I am exploring density of pattern against the white of the surface. The limitations are surprisingly freeing,” said Pollack, who is less concerned with painterly strokes and focuses upon the impact of repeated imagery.

Artist Florence Zolan, co-chair of Art/Place with Pollack, combines printmaking with pastel and collage to create works of depth and resonance. She finds that various materials with a shiny, dull or textured surface give very different expressions of black and white, saying,

“It’s exciting to watch the works emerging from the so-called ‘limitations,’ which actually become most expansive,” she said.

For Greenwich artist Paul Larson, “the black and white monochromatic images have always been my preferred mode of expression. Whether executed in graphite, ink, paint or film, the juxtaposition of monochromatic tone provides enormous intrigue for the eye to enjoy.”

His painting, “Let Me Hear You Say Yeah,” is a cubist influenced interpretation of an iconic rock n’ roll image, “The Glimmer Twins,” Mssrs. Jagger and Richards.

Dave Pressler’s images are digital prints of mixed media, part of his micro-painting series. The images are originally painted on 35 mm clear film, using graphite and India ink, while working on a light-box using a powerful magnifier, tiny brushes and Q-tips to apply the mediums. His images are digitized at high resolution and printed professionally.

In this exhibit of mostly black and white works, Art/Place is giving a contemporary thrust to a time-honored tradition. Throughout history many prominent artists have worked in black and white, from Escher’s graphic puzzles to Picasso’s sensual drawings and bold linocuts; from Japanese Sumi-e ink paintings to Rembrandt’s drawings and etchings.

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