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Happy Flies Kissing Beautiful Face
by Stux Gallery
Location: Stefan Stux Gallery
Artist(s): GROUP SHOW
Date: 11 Jul - 7 Sep 2013

Stux Gallery is pleased to announce Happy Flies Kissing Beautiful Face, an exhibition of works in black and white. These new and historical objects from an eclectic group of artists form a focused discussion of the visual, physical and psychological implications of the deprivation of color, and present insights on relationships between language, perception and light.

When the luxury of color (and sometimes grey tones) is unavailable, artists are forced to accommodate the raw, schizoid juxtaposition of black and white – a simple binary relationship with light and the most dramatic contrast available to the eye. The sharp clarity marks boundaries and perceptual connotations that simplify artistsʼ expressive options, compelling them to - as seen in the paintings of Matsutani, Busby and Tambellini - mobilize texture, materiality, and composition to orchestrate visual impact and awaken palettes in our imagination. Minchev elucidates the gap between perception and pre-existing understanding in his black "Blown Skull", and once again in a ghastly white incarnation. The absence of tonal nuances triggers a sense of devastation and urgency that subsequently results in refined negotiations for ambiguity and narrative control. “Shades”, writes Alexander Pope, “sweetly recommend the light”, and the sunless blackness that enshrouds Nancy Speroʼs black painting emanates a sparse, ardent luminosity.

Black on white is, curiously, the default color choice for written language across cultures and throughout history. Shrigley and Edzgveradzeʼs captioned, concise freehand drawings are playful and pensive, providing an instructed visual experience that confronts the differences between reading and seeing. Works by Osmo Rauhala, Richard Humann and Barbara Rosenthal initiate dialogues between drawing and writing, symbols and images, language and thought. The discipline and succinctness of black and white amplify the force of Schneeman and Hatryʼs commentary on sexual politics, and lend a sense of energetic rawness to Carl Fudgeʼs woodcuts.

Featured artists: James Busby, Steven Charles, Gia Edzgveradze, Carl Fudge, Heide Hatry, Richard Humann, Takesada Matsutani, Kosyo Minchev, Osmo Rauhala, Barbara Rosenthal, Carolee Schneemann, David Shrigley, Nancy Spero, and Aldo Tambellini.

Image: © Takesada Matsutani, Stefan Stux Gallery

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