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MONOCHROME

What happens when colour is removed from an artwork? What makes black and white so compelling? How does the absence of colour in artworks affect our way of seeing?

This exhibition highlights the subtleties of shape, mark, form and texture in ceramics and paintings from the Art Gallery of Ballarat Collection.

Colour, or its absence, plays a significant role in how we see and perceive things. Without the use of colour, we interpret things differently and are more likely to focus on emotional state, causing us to pause and look closer and longer.

The use of monochrome often serves one of two purposes. Firstly, by choosing a single colour, an artist may be communicating spiritual concerns – exploring tranquillity, stillness or the idea of nothingness. Or they may be choosing to reduce the artwork to its simplest form so that the focus is on the physical elements to reveal tone, form and texture.

Monochrome celebrates the lack of colour as an enigmatic mastery of both technique and elusiveness.

Image: Andrea Barker, Collected silences, 2019. Carbonised burnished porcelain. Gift of the Clunes Ceramic Award, 2019. Collection of the Art Gallery of Ballarat. © Andrea Barker

EXHIBITION DATES
& OPENING HOURS

7 May–18 September 2022

Open 10 am–5 pm daily

PUBLIC PROGRAMS

IN CONVERSATION: PRUE VENABLES WITH NEVILLE FRENCH

Saturday 7 May, 2 pm

Selected works

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