In Black and White
The phrase “in black and white” can have many different meanings; it is a contrast of two extremes. It can refer to the difference of the forces of good and evil, the choices that we make which can be right or wrong, and the light and the dark people have in their hearts. Artwork in black and white can be many different things, not just drawings with pencil on white paper. It can be black and white photographs, wood carvings, black and white film, and sculptures painted in black and white.
One artwork which really caught my eye was Equally God and Equally Satan, by Marshall Astor. The artwork was a painting of two very important biblical figures. At the ends were two posts with black and white strings tied between the posts. I like how he used the taut black and white strings to connect the two silhouettes of god and the devil by criss-crossing the strings. Also how the criss-crossed strings seem to meld into a gray blur unifying the two dark silhouettes and the white space in between. I also like how the artwork was done on the corner of the room and the strings were at an angle between the walls making the art pop out at you instead of it just being placed flat against a wall. The use of black and white in this piece is exquisite and well thought out and helps the artwork come together nicely.
I believe Equally God and Equally Satan is about how everyone in the world has the capacity to do evil and to do good. These forces are deeply entwined in us and equally influence the choices we make every day. We must try and pull away from that evil and work on strengthening the good. If we decide to leave the balance as is then the line between good and evil will blur and soon there will be no difference in our eyes. Something once thought of as wrong may then be viewed as a right and vice versa. This artwork shows how strongly evil can influence our lives; however, we must work hard to make sure it doesn’t overpower us.
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