Leith Festival: Nothing Is Ever Black And White

Nothing Is Ever Black And White, an exhibition of work by Leith-based artist Rosemary Taylor, which opens at St Margaret's House, London Road Gallery. Pic: Comp

Nothing Is Ever Black And White, an exhibition of work by Leith-based artist Rosemary Taylor, which opens at St Margaret's House, London Road Gallery. Pic: Comp

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THERE can be nothing more engrossing than when, what at first looks like a bleak industrial landscape, suddenly sparks the imagination as the intricacies of piece suddenly become clear, sparking a curiosity or emotional reaction.

The etherial cityscapes in Nothing Is Ever Black And White, an exhibition of work by Leith-based artist Rosemary Taylor, which opens at St Margaret’s House tomorrow, do just that.

This seminal exhibition, the artist’s first in the Capital, explores landscapes and the man-made objects that are placed within them.

Pared-down, her work is both beautiful and thought-provoking as, in her own words, “viewers themselves pare down the layers of meaning in her stark palette.”

The pieces are noted for their monochromatic colour palette, which initially seems to strip the landscape back to essentials, but actually adds layers of meaning and ambiguity, particularly regarding the time they were made, Taylor explains.

“These entirely made-up places exist only in the mind of the artist; however, expect to discover landscape paintings of the past in them, in the manner of their proportions and composition.

“Ultimately it is the intrinsic beauty of the man-made that is monumental in the pieces – but nothing is ever black and white.”

Nothing Is Ever Black And White, St Margaret’s House, London Road, Gallery 3, tomorrow-6 July, 10am-6pm, free