Artists have worked in black and white since someone first put ink to paper. The concept is a simple choice between things that are clearly opposites. Through the ages to today, black and white is used in many art forms including wood block prints, photography, charcoal and ink drawing and print making to name but a few.
Passion by Barbara Burns
Pablo Picasso’s, Guernica (1937) painted in black, white, and grays remains one of the most moving and powerful antiwar paintings in history. Picasso does not want us to passively look, but to imagine this terrible moment from the inside. Colors let us off lightly; black and white forces us to think without the distraction of color.
Working in black and white makes the artist and the viewer concentrate on elements such as composition, value, lighting and form. Of course, color is a vital step, but the benefit of black and white is that you can focus on the image as a whole without the distraction of color. In fashion, black and white is considered sophisticated. It is the easiest and the most timeless color pairing. Interesting silhouettes and textures are easily achieved as an enhancement.
Markings Gallery in Bath has created a black and white exhibit which highlights the work of many of their artists. Marianne Senechal’s black and white felted shawl is a stunning example of black and white in fashion along with Kirsten Sandoy’s beautiful felted hats. Jo Diggs’ hand appliqué work is remarkable in its skill and composition. Barbara Burns’ tapestries are wonderful examples of the power of black and white in art, expressing the feminine and Susan Mills’ shamanic, felted works are inspired by nature, by the physical world and the world of spirit.
Join us at Markings Gallery February 17, from 12-4 pm to honor the tradition of working in black and white by viewing our exhibit It’s A Black & White Affair. Barbara Burns will be demonstrating tapestry weaving in back and white. Refreshments will be served and many of our wonderful stable of artists will be there for you to meet.
The gallery is open Thurs- Mon, 10-5.