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50 Shades: Black to White
John Eric Byers, Carolyn Chester, Stephanie Craig, Lis Ehrenreich, Mary Fischer,
Kyoko Ibe, Richard Kagan, Ani Kagan, Joachim Lambrecht, Maxwell Mackenzie,
Irina Okula, Albert Paley, Patricia Sannit, Larry Spaid
September 4, 2015 – September 26, 2015
Reception: Friday, September 4: 5:30 – 8:30PM
Long House with Chinese Screens
Clay, slips, stains
15.5” x 8” x 5”
Philadelphia, Pa. A space devoid of color – or a black and white photograph –
somehow simplifies and dramatizes space. It becomes timeless, and yet more vivid,
more striking. It can slow down time or cause us to take the time to assess what we see
In 50 Shades: Black to White, fourteen artists exhibit works in diverse mediums, each
calling upon different uses of tones. Some use darks to weigh down a piece visually or
to emphasize the structure or shape being presented; others may use black for more
sinister, symbolic reasons.
These photographs, drawings, ceramic and fiber sculptures employ a bridge of tones
that connect the darkest dark to the whitest white (which in fact contains all color). To
see black, white, and gray disguised by, or disguising color, is perhaps the most
romantic context of tone. An artist may even choose to expunge color from their
vocabulary (temporarily or otherwise) in order to see shape and form more clearly or
50 Shades: Black to White invites the viewer to enter a world of tonalities, beginning
with the words on this page. The fourteen artists utilize these shades of black to white to
explore symbolism, associations and relationships, and the balance of tones that result
from those investigations.
Gallery hours are: Tuesday through Saturday 10AM to 6PM.
Admission is free and open to the public.