An Exhibition in Grayscale
March 3 - 25, 2017
Amos Eno Gallery is pleased to present Chromacide, a group exhibition of work in grayscale. An opening reception will be held on Friday, March 3 from 7- 9 PM on the lower level of 56 Bogart Street in Brooklyn, NY, directly across from the Morgan Ave L train stop. The gallery will be open late on Saturday, March 4 until 9 PM.
Featuring works by Nancy Elsamanoudi, Chris Esposito, Young Gi Han, Robert McCann, Heidi Neff, Mimi Oritsky, José-Ricardo Presman, Andre Rubin, Mary Saran, Gwen Shockey and Meredith Starr.
Chromacide is the death of excess. A return to the structural elements of image making, before Technicolor supplanted imagination and Instagram sunsets received the most likes. Artists use color to hijack your attention, often against the will of your cultivated taste. Black and white images slough off that affectation.
In Chromacide, colorless works impart a sense of restricted access to imagery and explore the variety of purposes for this tactic. On our full color screens, an image in grayscale signifies a grave error. In printed material, a black and white missing persons flyer conveys the search party’s urgency to disseminate a message. Elsewhere, grayscale reduces distraction in order to bring focus to essential elements such as facial structure as in the latest NY state driver license. The reduced visual information frees up psychic space to memorialize, distance, and distill an image for contemplation of the message it carries.