The simple elegance of black and white has always been an aesthetic lure, from costume designer Cecil Beaton’s black-and-white Ascot scene in My Fair Lady to Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball at the Plaza Hotel in 1966, termed by some the party of the century. But even Capote found the need for a splash of color — the tablecloths at the ball were red. No such variation is to be found in “Black and White” on exhibit at Gallery Sonja Roesch. The group show’s ten artists adhere strictly to the show’s black and white mandate. The pieces are either painted or constructed, and use either new or found materials. Even though they are reduced to the essentials, the results vary drastically with oil paintings, Plexiglas, wall illusions, river-submerged canvases and more on display. The artists are Ruth Pastine, Hills Snyder, Mario Reis, Gilbert Hsiao, Raimund Girke, David Simpson, Myke Venable, Mac Whitney, Alma Tischler and Dirk Rathke.
Gallery Sonja Roesch, 2309 Caroline. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays. Through June 28. For information, call 713-659-5424 or visit gallerysonjaroesch.com. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Starts: May 16. Continues through June 28, 2014