An exhibition exploring the genre of the monochrome curated by Heather Boxall
In Light of the Monochrome explores the many interpretations of the monochrome genre. The monochrome has the quality of being luminous, emitting or reflecting light through the painted surface. Light can also be regarded as a condition of spiritual awareness, divine illumination, which references the ‘transcendental’ or ‘sublime’ often attributed to the monochrome. Artists are also exploring the monochrome through digital and photographic light techniques. This exhibition brings together some contemporary reflections on the genre.
Exhibiting artists include Jane Harris, David Batchelor, Pip Dickens, John Hilliard, Estelle Thompson, Heather Boxall, Manya Donaque and Clare Booker.
The exhibition private view held on 5th March was preceded by a symposium. The presentations comprised:
- Introduction and Overview by Heather Boxall, Curriculum Team Leader for Art & Design, Bradford School of Arts & Media and Curator of the exhibition
- Event, Pattern and Understanding by Dr Robert Galeta, Lecturer, Bradford School of Arts & Media
- Monochrome and Comedy by David Batchelor, artist and author
- Netherworlds of Greyness: Green-lipped Geishas and Old Sheep Dogs by Pip Dickens, Lecturer in Fine Art, Lancaster University
- Digital Monochrome by Clare Booker, Lecturer, Bradford School of Arts & Media
- Metaphors of Life and Death by Manya Doñaque, Lecturer, Bradford School of Arts & Media
- White and the Rhetoric of Modernism by Pam Brook, Curriculum Team Leader for Creative Industries, Bradford School of Arts & Media
- “You see what you see” or “You see who you are”? Reflecting on a few painters making mirrors, walls and voids with pigments and light by Professor Estelle Thompson, Glyndŵr University
Plenary discussions were chaired by Dr Graham Stevens, Associate Dean Higher Education, Bradford College.
You can see highlights of the symposium here
Immediately following the symposium, the exhibition was formally opened by Nathan Kelly, Head of the School of Arts & Media, and Clare Hallows, College Registrar.
Exhibition runs from 6th March until 25th March 2015.
The Dye House Gallery is open weekdays, from 11am until 4pm, with a special Saturday opening on 21st March, from 10.30am until 1pm.