2005-02-18 / Community

RAA Opens ‘Black And Light On Silver’

Joe Rothenberg, “The Tuba Planer, Black and White Photography, part of the new Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit at Fort Tilden.Joe Rothenberg, “The Tuba Planer, Black and White Photography, part of the new Rockaway Artists Alliance exhibit at Fort Tilden. Life in black and white bursts forth from the Rockaway Artists Alliance new exhibition, “BLACK AND LIGHT ON SILVER.”

Bringing together the talents of William Baker, John Grillo, Joseph Rothenberg, Scott Weingarten and David Williams, the exhibition presents a photographic vision of the world beyond color, exploring the power, subtleties and shadows of life around the corner and across the earth. One medium. Five diverse artists. Through individual choice of technique, subject, equipment and personal point of view, each brings something unique to their photographic work and to this show.

Says photographer John Grillo, “Photography helps me understand the constantly changing drama that makes up the visual world.” He vividly illustrates this in “Long Wait,” which sets the eternal stillness of a cemetery bench against a powerfully moving sky.

Scott Weingarten brings out the elegant motion and interplay of patterns in a pedestrian’s shadow crossing a cobblestone street, and shows us something quite familiar in an new entirely way. “Inspired by life and its many treasures,” he says, “I reveal these aspects in my photographs.”

“I’ve been exploring black and white photography for 35 years. My subject matter ranges from making a statement about the human condition to the fleeting capture of an inconsequential moment, “Joseph Rothenberg comments on his depthless photos of wine glasses shimmering against a backdrop of mountains and sea or the abstract blend of man and instrument in his close up of a marching band musician. “The images I create are an attempt to depict the range of tonalities from stark white to deep black.”

The image created by all five artists in Black and Light on Silver is indelible. Their invitation to see the world anew, in bold black and striking white, is one not to be passed up.

Black and light on silver will be on view February 12- April 3 at the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) sTudio 6 at Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, Rockaway, Queens, NY. An opening celebration was held on Sunday February 13. Many of the photographers were on hand.

More events are planned throughout the run of the show. Schedule to be published. Admission to the exhibition and all events is free.

Gallery hours are Saturday 12-4p.m., Sunday 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information call (718) 474-0861, e-mail rockart116@aol.org or visit www.rockawayartistsalliance. org. “Black and light on silver” is presented in partnership with The National Park Service/Gateway National Recreation Area.

Black and light on silver takes place in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) smaller, more intimate sTudio 6 gallery, located in Fort Tilden, Queens. Fort Tilden, an historic and now retired U.S. Army post, is home to many cultural activities in the Rockaways and is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and Jamaica Bay. It is part of Gateway National Recreation Area, a uniquely picturesque urban national park which spans several boroughs and incorporates beaches, marshlands and bird and wildlife sanctuaries.

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