Grayscale Wonderland @ Bleicher Gallery

The concept behind Bleicher Gallery’s Grayscale Wonderland is, in the words of gallery owner Om Navon Bleicher, “to spark our imagination and create spectacular worlds without the use of overt color.” The key word is overt, which means that the color is not blatantly obvious or conspicuous. I suppose another key word in connection to this statement is imagination. The black and white images are meant to invoke colorful images within our psyche. Externally we only see black and white, but the narratives, the forms, and the cultures represented in the works are meant to “spark” emotional and creative explosions in our minds.

bG Gallery

Grayscale Wonderland

2525 Michigan Avenue Space G8A

Santa Monica, CA 90404

Exhibition Dates:

Feb 7, 2015- late Feb 2015

kate samworth, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland

Artists such as Mizuho Koyama, who combines her traditional training in classical Japenese sho (calligraphy) with graffiti art, sends both literal messages through the frenzied lettering in her art, as in What Else, which includes a poem by Rumi, but also shocks us by placing thick blocks in the center of the canvas. The black shapes seem to cover up possible lettering underneath, thereby concealing a message and thus forcing our eyes to look away from the center to the bordering disorder. But the eyes cannot help but to be drawn back to the center. The black shape is not completely solid, there are scratches of white from underneath. To what extent will that darkness spread from the center? Or has it only covered the unnecessary to illuminate the essential message?

Mizuho Koyama, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland

Mizuho Koyama

Koyama’s What Else painting is the first work you will encounter in the Grayscale Wonderland, and its concept sets the tone for the entire show. By removing color and working with shadows, the artists are not only concealing less important information for our minds to process, they are highlighting the essence of the images they have captured. The darkness takes, but it also gives.

catherine ruane, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland

Catherine Ruane

Mark Hanauer, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale WonderlandMark Hanauer

Bleicher Gallery

nic kkylies, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale WonderlandNick Kylies

Maiko Kitagawa, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland  Maiko Kitagawa

Hadiya Finley, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland

Hadiya Finley

Bleicher Gallery

Ted Gall, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland

Ted Gall, Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland

Ted Gall

Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland

Bleicher Gallery, Grayscale Wonderland

 Event photography provided by Ambrose Gardenhire

About Author

I am Decadence Darling. I am a trans* mystic, gender rights advocate, and student of esoteric philosophy. When I’m not writing I am likely studying Vedic or Western occult philosophy, meditating, or dropping in on one of Southern California’s esoteric societies. I have also worked with LA’s transgender community and continue to conduct interviews with its members to explore the social issues regarding gender equality and expression. Inspired by 19th century fin-de-siecle decadent artists, I am a purveyor of decadent philosophy. Whether it’s through art and culture commentary, philosophy, or transgender advocacy, I want to transform people’s consciousness when experiencing the unknown so that instead of fearing the dark, they will seek out beauty.


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