So, how about artworks that have used only black and white?
The theme of our second exhibition of the 2017-2018 academic year is “Black and White”. Two different art classes have displayed their artwork in featuring three different subjects: self-portrait, criticism towards society, and various works from AP studio art students.
The pieces with the strongest identify in this exhibition would be the self-portraits. They are special because they used a unique material to portray themselves: silver wire. They have done an excellent job of bend the wire so that it is almost identical to their faces’ outline. For example, the portrait of Jun Cho in 10th grade (featured at left) chose his side face to be in the art pieces. The lines are very detailed, especially the zigzag of his hairline and the shape of his nose and mouth. He had caught the important characteristic of his face very well that even though he had the lot of limits -colour and material - anyone who see his artwork would recognize Jun’s face.
Again, the artworks displayed are expressing the aspects of society, but this time, with black and white papers. Students have cut papers into shapes and gathered them together to criticize our world silently but strongly. One of the artworks in the exhibition, <We Are Not Equal Now> made by Hannah Gloria Kwon, explicitly shows that racism that still exists between Black and White people. Her work describes a scale, a white police officer on the heavier side and an innocent black man begging on the lighter side. Through her art she tries to explain that the black are treated unfairly still in U.S; White policers would threaten black people more harshly than they would with white citizens, which includes intolerable violence.
Last but not the least, Ap students had a chance to draw freely - under the condition that they would only use black and white. As a result, we have various drawings displayed in our gallery right now - each one is unique and outstanding. For instance, Yondoo Kim had drawn numerous white lines that must have been made by the several whiteouts that are also included on the black paper. Her lines are both thick and thin, they interact, and as a whole, it almost reminds us of the Mobius strip - a trap that goes on forever and forever.
The exhibition demonstrates how much black and white could show us, and what kind of works that could be inspired by these colours. I hope that everyone could have a chance to look at the wonderful art pieces we have in the gallery.