Black and White, Shades of Gray, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, California, 2005

Black and White, Shades of Gray, installation view, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, 2005

Photo (c) Joshua White

Black and White is a diptych that examines the warped perspective of seeing things only in black and white terms. Politicians and the media use this simplified way of presenting information, where the only alternatives are good or evil, for or against, right or wrong. This dichotomy is manifested in the stitch patterns of the two sculptures of Black and White. The black sculpture depicts the energy pattern of a nuclear explosion stitched in white thread. The white sculpture depicts the same drawing in black thread, but the drawing has been rotated in AutoCAD and is seen from an aerial view. The pattern becomes abstracted, so that the white sculpture shows a symmetrical, mandala-like pattern, seemingly innocent of its reference to a nuclear explosion.

Three pieces, each titled Gray Area, accompany the diptych Black and White as a five-sculpture installation. Gray Area examines the nebulous zone in-between the dichotomous Black and White. The stitch patterns use phenomena of water--the global currents of the world's oceans, the exiting tidal patterns of the San Francisco Bay Area, and principles of surface and undercurrents--to illustrate the capacity for cyclical return, letting go, and opposite forces coexisting.


Black and White, Shades of Gray, installation view, Lizabeth Oliveria Gallery, Los Angeles, 2005
 

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