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Monochrome

22 January 2019

A group exhibition featuring painting, photography, drawing and collage by selected artists.
 
Monochrome is a term used to indicate a work of art composed entirely in black in white, shades of grey, or a single hue. This limitation of colour palette has proved a powerful tool for artists across the centuries, both in the way it works to accentuate the other formal elements of a work – such as line, composition or tone – and in the opportunities it provides to create works of a more meditative or contemplative nature. Some of the earliest examples of works of art specifically commissioned in monochrome were those created by Cistercian monks in the 12th century, producing stained glass windows and illuminated manuscripts exclusively in monochrome, or grisaille. Believing colour to be superfluous and overly stimulating for the senses, works were to be created in monochrome so as to encourage quiet and divine contemplation. 
 
Thus, beginning in the 1100s, this view of colour as unnecessarily distracting and the turn to reduced colour palettes in the search for a purer and more direct connection with the divine power of art came into full force in the work of 20th century modern artists, especially those pioneering groundbreaking abstract modes of painting, such as Kazimir Malevich, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Manzoni and Yves Klein. Here, the search for the divine was not so much a religious gesture as an assertion of the purity of the formal elements of art, of an art for art’s sake. Monochrome allowed artists to circumvent illusion and celebrate the essential fact of painting, to emphasize the picture surface, and to intensify the effects of the formal elements and spatial relationships within a work.
 
It is fascinating how much variety can exist within monochromatic works despite the limitation of colour, a fact which is made very much apparent in the paint

Participating: Tom Cullberg, Lien Botha, Svea Josephy, Alexia Vogel, Pierre le Riche, Gretchen van der Byl, Jaco van Schalkwyk, Dominique Edwards, Alastair Whitton, Sepideh Mehraban, Nina Liebenburg, Robyn Penn, Connor Cullinan, Vanessa Cowling, Jono Dry, MJ Lourens, Mia Thom, Richard Penn and Katherine Spindler. 

VENUE:

BARNARD GALLERY
Address: 55 Main Street, Newlands, Cape Town
Tel: 021 671 1553
Hours: Monday - Friday 09:00 - 17:00. Open by appointment.




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