Well we here at HA HA Gallery are just so excited to announce our next show opening later this month, NO GREY AREAS.
On February 28th, the totally sumptuous Sheffield based artist collective It’s all Tropical will present No Grey Areas - an exhibition in black and white. Only black and white.
PRIVATE VIEW: 28th February, 6 - 10 PM, ALL WELCOME. Show continues to 14th March.
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Featuring work by:
Alex Glass, Ashley Holmes, Claudia Dance Wells, Del Hardin Hoyle, Emily McCartan, Frances Disley, Hannah Shaw, Harry Hurlock, Josef Zachary Shanley-Jackson, Lea Torp Nielsen, Lindsey Mendick, Linny Venables, Liz West, Neil Haas, Paul Kindersley, Rebecca Ounstead
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)
It’s all Tropical is an artist led organisation based in Sheffield creating a platform for visual artists.
www.itsalltropical.co.uk / Facebook / @tropical_arts