2 to 22 February 2018
White is the fourth and final exhibition showing the work of QSS studio artists, curated by artist Colin Darke. It was preceded by Unafraid Red, Unafraid Yellow and Unafraid Blue. Recognising that the task of dividing twenty-three artists and twenty-three very different stylistic practices into four thematic categories would result in spurious relationships, Darke settled on assemblages based around colour. This allows for a level of visual cohesion, while retaining the conceptual and aesthetic diversity that defines Queen Street Studios.
The titles of the first three shows reference Barnett Newman’s four paintings made between 1966 and 1970, Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue, considering the juxtaposition of the three primaries as an emotional dialogue, as opposed to, for example, the more clinical, quasi-mathematical compositions of Mondrian. White alludes to the gallery wall on which the paintings hang, an appropriation of the nothingness surrounding them.
The artists in White incorporate whiteness in a number of directions, both formal and conceptual.
Artists: Susan Connolly, Alacoque Davey, Craig Donald, Gerry Devlin, Dorothy Hunter (image courtesy of the Golden Thread Gallery, photograph by Simon Mills), Frederic Huska, Terry McAllister and Mark McGreevy.
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White | QSS Studio Artists at QSS Gallery, Belfast