Title: Black & White
Artist: David Spriggs
Location: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Date: 2022
Size: Each 382 x 458 x 222 cm / 150 x 180 x 87 inches
Materials: Acrylic paint on layered transparencies, lightbox, framework

Commissioned for Noor Riyadh by the Riyadh Royal Commission

(Photography credit: David Spriggs)

‘Black & White’ is David Spriggs’ new addition to his large-scale ‘Stratachrome’ (layered colour) installations, each exploring the contemporary symbolism of colour and their aesthetic, perceptual and psychological implications. ‘Black & White’ was exhibited for Noor Riyadh in Saudi Arabia.
The installation is made with spray-painted pigment on 90 transparencies layered through the architectural space. Positioned apart from each other, the two objectified forms of the colours black and white function as a symbol of duality. The title of the work refers also to the psychology of ‘black and white’ thinking or splitting; a destructive thought pattern of thinking in absolutes. Spriggs separates the colours into visually opposing entities that lead the viewer to navigate centrally between them and observe the artwork from multiple viewpoints.