Gallery 1 and 2
The black show is a project initiated by the Angela Thirlwell and the c3 curatorial board.
Roslisham Ismail aka Ise.
Riki Metisse Marlow
The White Trash of Asia
What is this Black?
When we think of black, it is often in relation to product, which will help us to appreciate it somewhat more clearly for what it can be or what we most obviously have come to know it to be. In the realm of product it denotes the classic, the uncluttered, the monastic, free of fuss, full of luring sophistication. It protests its seriousness and abhorrence of frivolity of colour. Its power is direct and strong.
Removing the focus from product it can be many other possibilities that sit outside of materiality.
The lack of colour leaves us with no reminder of the natural world as blacks’ primary affection comes from the enveloping night, the consuming nullification of sleep or either the blur of “black” thoughts or the quiet of the meditative mind. In all cases it holds a position beyond the activity of the day to day. It’s void defies it’s origin as the absorber of all light and colour to become a presence and simultaneously an absence. It is ‘without’ and yet contradicts itself with the force of presence through its lack. Within the absence arises the pulse of potentiality, the unknown, swimming within the viscous density, the secrecy that hides within the fold.
For the artists participating we ask them to look at black from the centre of their own practice. The possibility exists to explore black as an emotive language or in its literal tone or perhaps re-configuring it in a philosophical sense. All of these possibilities are encouraged.
squashed and merged between layers of clear plastic resemble collector
cards, a meeting of informality, portraiture and experimental
expression. The process brings simple characterisation to the striking
figures, composed fluidly with the improvisational touches of the
artists apparent, bringing life throughout the works.