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In a world bombarded with stimulation\, saturated color and a myriad of choices\, black and white gets down to the basics. Black\, the sum of all color\, in relation to white\, the absence of color\, creates po les that can signify extremities of belief\, sensation\, and emotion. This reduction away from color to the duality of black and white not only presen ts the essentials but also opens a window to a complex range of nuance as a result of the interaction of the opposites.

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Light and dark are tra ditionally seen as paired forces of good and evil\, known and unknown\, hea viness and lightness\, ecstasy and despair. To see something in black and w hite is to see something stripped to its roots-the bottom line. The 10 sout hern California artists in the exhibition In Black and White work not only with physical constraints of black and white but also deal with concepts of polarity.

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- Equally God and Equally Satan by Marshall Ast or is an installation composed out of taut strings\, intended to b e a simple illustration of the relationship of good and evil in Western cul ture.

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- Black and white text pieces by Mariona Barkus graphically spell out messages of urgent social concerns.

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- B y using her body in repetitive motion\, the video works and drawings by Bar bara Berk become a vehicle for defining the center as it relates to the edg e.

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- Angie Bray presents Blind Faith\, comprised of motorized sticks that weave in space and scrape the nearby walls\, creat ing drawings through their incessant activity.

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- Connor Ev erts exhibits a series of 10 lithographs depicting flattened boxes from which a landscape of body parts emerge.

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- With photographs ( silver gelatin on paper) Craig Havens presents images from Soundings series\, visions of light emanating from blackness.

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- D ante's Inferno serves as inspiration for the ink on paper works by Rico Lebrun. These drawings depict the human body/soul in torment.

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- Monumental woodcuts by Patrick Merrill depict apocalyptic visions simultaneously bear reference to biblical themes and co ntemporary politics.

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- The experience of fire and its aftermath ch arge the Charcoal Series by Kamran Moojedi creating images that illuminate a tension between representation and abstraction.

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- Pierre Picot shows ink and collage works from his serie s\, Ecstatic manifestations of the physical universe\, combining photograph ic newspaper images with abstracted patterning.

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DTEND:20080919 DTSTAMP:20140416T073533 DTSTART:20080825 GEO:33.8844615;-118.3267305 LOCATION:El Camino College Art Gallery\,16007 Crenshaw Blvd. \nTorrance\, C A 90506 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:In Black and White\, Marshall Astor\, Mariona Barkus\, Barbara Berk \, Angie Bray\, Connor Everts\, Craig Havens\, Rico Lebrun\, Patrick Merril l\, Kamran Moojedi\, Pierre Picot UID:23786 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20080902T210000 DTSTAMP:20140416T073533 DTSTART:20080902T190000 GEO:33.8844615;-118.3267305 LOCATION:El Camino College Art Gallery\,16007 Crenshaw Blvd. \nTorrance\, C A 90506 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:In Black and White\, Marshall Astor\, Mariona Barkus\, Barbara Berk \, Angie Bray\, Connor Everts\, Craig Havens\, Rico Lebrun\, Patrick Merril l\, Kamran Moojedi\, Pierre Picot UID:23787 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR