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BLACK AND WHITE WONDERS

Monochrome exhibition at the National Gallery

The exhibition is remarkable as it gives a different perspective to the use of colour in art: we saw the most wonderful studies of light and shade. There are 50 works of art, with some exhibits painted on glass, wood and canvas over a period of 700 years by such masters as Van Eyck and Rembrandt through to contemporary artists working today. The most stunning piece for me was the huge hand-painted pixels by Chuck Close that contained any numbers of greyed colours. The end of the exhibition led us into an empty room called Room for One Colour. The orange coloured sodium lamps in the room changed our visual perception to a very strange ‘monochrome’, non-colour experience. I found it very interesting and would recommend it to anyone with regard to a different view on how we look at art and the world around us. We hope to create a black and white photography project based on the new understanding gained from Monochrome.

Review by Eddie Mence

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