It's been said that print is dead. Eventually, maybe. Yet the newspaper is still enough of a daily ritual in people's lives to spark lively conversations and spur social interaction. Just ask Geri Montano, a curator and art instructor who organized an exhibition based on the concept. She says her developmentally disabled students routinely bring newspapers to the studio, and that the papers are a continuing source of discussions on current events especially baseball in the recent past. So she borrowed a phrase from the classic riddle about newspapers for the title: "Black and White and Read All Over." Montano asked participants to incorporate newsprint or the daily news into their art, or to use a minimalist palette of black, white, and red. Some artists use the paper itself: In a lighthearted drawing by Hector Lopez, a cluster of superheroes sporting flashy red capes and pants is superimposed on the crossword and horoscope pages. Badia Forbes uses clippings to bring an element of collage into an expressionist portrait. Others take inspiration from the suggested color scheme, as in Selene Gomez' striking image of a crane on a white background, its feathers composed of washes of black ink. The exhibition possesses the gallery's trademark energy and humor, including the newsprint the artists used to cover the walls. The opening for the exhibit starts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 6.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Jan. 6. Continues through Feb. 23, 2011