Eleanor Goldstein and Rachel Whitlow are friends, colleagues and admirers of each other's work. In Chiaroscuro, they explore the range of light to dark, each in her own inimitable style but from a common perspective. The two artists share both galleries in a curated conversation with each other.
Chiaroscuro in painting defines objects solely by degrees of contrast between an object and its ground, without a contouring line. It employs slow gradations of value from light to dark that create volume by modeling form. We also refer to Chiaroscuro as the interplay of light and shadow on landscape that emphasizes form in a particularly dramatic way. As light changes, landscapes seem to appear, disappear and evaporate in a matter of minutes, creating a completely different visual and emotive perspective of the same places over time.
"It is the constantly changing nature of light, weather and landscape that inspires and drives me to return to the same subjects repeatedly." —Rachel Whitlow