Summerville, South Carolina 29485
|FEB 2018 PRESS RELEASE
It’s Not Just Black and White
Art Central Gallery presents Jan Dalton’s new exhibit, titled
“It’s Not Just Black and White; It’s a Complicated Subject.”
An artist’s inspiration can come from almost anywhere. For Jan Dalton it often comes through her dreams.
One image seems to stand out. Then she develops it further, and that idea leads to another.
And that can lead to another; soon Jan has a whole series of paintings.
Jan says, “That’s what happened with this new body of works”. It started with a black and white dream.
Approximately 80% of all dreams are in color, so this black and white dream really caught my attention.
It was an image of a horse moving out of the mist on a moonlit beach.
The contrast of black and white continued to tickle this artist’s creativity. She painted two more canvases
of black and white animals while pondering the phrase: “It’s not just black and white; it’s complicated.”
Must one idea be correct to the exclusion of all other possibilities? Can it?
With paint, black can be mixed from a combination of other colors, such as blue, brown and red,
while white has to be manufactured. In light color theory, black is the absence of color or light
and white is the combination of all colors. It is complicated.
Soon these paintings and the color theory behind them became an allegory for our world politics, ideas and interactions.
Must it be only this way or that way? And what about the horse in the mist?
These paintings have something to offer each viewer;
for some the animals will stand out; for others deeper meanings may be found.
“It’s Not Just Black and White; It’s a Complicated Subject” ponder for yourself.