BLACK on WHITE
Artists: Sherrie Nickol and David Katzenstein
The Silhouettes project is a collaboration between Artists Sherrie Nickol and David Katzenstein. Over a three year period they worked together photographing over 2500 real people in their New York City studio against a white background. One of the themes that they explored was how human forms and shapes stand out as silhouettes. By removing color and details the subjects are stripped down to simplified forms of themselves. The exhibition Black on White, which grew out of Katzenstein’s and Nickol’s silhouette project, was on on exhibit at Symphony Space in New York City from June 12 - September 12, 2014. These silhouettes serve as a study about shape and form. When the photographers backlit their subjects, gestures and movements became simplified and magnified at the same time. Shown together, the silhouettes take on a cohesiveness as their subjects are flattened against the same white plane.