Last night I joined curator Jay Shells and gallerist Marc Leader as they set up HIGH CONTRAST at 212 Arts.
Opening tonight, Thursday October 18, the group show features over 30 works produced only in black, white and grayscale.
The pair have been planning since Marc opened his new East Village space on E12th Street, and Jay had a unique vision for the theme.
It was fascinating to see works by favorite artists like Daneille Mastrion and Rob TMO Plater, who usually work in color, being unwrapped and placed together. The overall impression is dynamic and engaging.
'HIGH CONTRAST is a collection of works completely void of color. For most of these artists, color plays a vital role in their work. By removing color from their toolkit, the artists are forced to work with less, and to contribute to a cohesive symphony that will only become apparent when all of the works are brought together.
A black and white exhibition has certainly been done before, but it’s this unique selection of artists showing together which makes this a truly disruptive and unique experience.
The mediums used in this collection of work is as varied and diverse as the group of artists and their styles. They include painting, drawing, assemblage, sculpture, photography, printmaking and more '
- Jay Shells, Artist and Curator, from 212arts.com