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Exploring the limits of greyscale in a group show

by Victor Reznik
on 03 March 2011

With a mission of reinvigorating Chelsea's once youthful and vibrant art scene, Mallick Williams (daughter-in-law of actor Robin Williams) launched Mallick Williams & Co. in November of 2010. In the short time since opening, the upstart has already drawn attention for its ability to connect big-name artists to high-profile young collectors and shows no signs of stopping with their first official gallery show, cleverly titled "Hueless," opening tomorrow.

An exploration of the possibilities of grey scale, "Mallick Williams & Co. carefully curated pieces from both artists who normally work in black and white (in mediums such as graphite, charcoal, paper cut and photography) alongside work from artists who are stepping out of their traditional colorful palette to create something uniquely hueless." At the core of the group show is a roster of heavyweight street artists, including Shepard Fairey, Eric Haze, Skullphone and Russel Young. These more established artists will show alongside lesser-known talents like Marissa Textor and Sam Ske.

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Young's piece, "Fifteen Minutes With You; Well I Wouldn't Say No", consisting of acrylic paint enamel and diamond dust screen-printed onto linen, creates an ethereal manifestation of a memory without falling into the abstract (pictured below left). Another portrait, "Drawn Face V" (above left) by Dirk Dzimirsky aims to "not only portray the physical attributes, but more importantly the subjects inner presence of life. I chose drawing over painting as this allows me to create many layers over layers of lines and dots which react to each other in order to create a vibrant texture with directions and movement."

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On the darker side thematically, Marissa Textor's piece "An Outlet for Pent up Forces," (also graphite on paper, like Dzimirsky's) breathtakingly depicts volcanic rock in photorealistic detail. Nicholas Forker takes on a "shattered sense of community in the face of capitalist driven isolation" with a greyscale drawing representing an artist informed by a globalized marketplace of ideas.

"Hueless" runs through 15 April 2011. Visit the Mallick Williams & Co. website for the full list of artists.

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