Organized by Gloria Helfgott
Artist and Independent Curator
Black/White [and Read] seeks to advance an artistic challenge-to deliver a powerful graphic statement, eschewing color, and utilizing solely black and white imagery. Through these book objects, the public reads works of art without being seduced by color or even text. The theme pervading this exhibition is that the black and white book becomes a symbolic form of censorship by the limitation forced upon the work. It blurs out information by the economy of its means and, with its dichotomous forces, it can shed light on universal themes. It is more than just showing artist’s books or objects, but surrounding them with ideas that emphasize their importance in the construction of our histories.
This exhibition reflects the complexity of matching only two colors (which some observers will not consider colors at all, but only shadows and textures) with individual interpretation and emotional response to its symbolism, such as life/death, good /evil, night/day.
Black/White [and Read] will lay bare the bones of the book and thus will manifest the strength of image and structure. Works by 15 book artists will be featured including Maria Barbosa, Geri Boggs, Inge Bruggemann, Doug Beube, Beatrice Coron, Pamela Drix, Bill Hendricks, Charles Hobson, Kumi Korf, Mary Ellen Long, Barbara Lazerus Metz, Werner Pfieffer, Pia Pizzo, Lise Poirier, Stephen Sidelinger, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Alice Simpson, Beth Thielen, Mary Ting, Nik Tongas, Susann Wilber, Ana Wolf, Arne Wolf, Crista Wolf.