The essence of black and white

PUBLISHED : Monday, 15 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 15 January, 2007, 12:00am

Coco Chanel liked black and white. She felt they were underused and that women should be more aware that the absence of colour worked just as well as the use of colour.

'I said that black was the essence of it all,' Coco once said, a statement that would have made her popular with an earlier icon, Henry Ford, when he produced the Model T.

Coco is quoted in 'The Essence of White', a multimedia exhibition of works by some of the city's top artists being held by Chanel Precision at Pacific Place.

'White too,' continued Coco. 'They are of an exceptional beauty. It's the perfect representation of harmony. Dress women in black or white at a ball: you see only them.'

That's why waiters have always been leaders in fashion.

Local artists, including Craig Au Yeung and Carrie Chau, lyricist and composer Vicky Fung, graphic artists K. Yip Lau and, photographers Roy Lee and Wing Shya have been invited to interpret 'the Essence of White', be it through a song, sculpture or photograph at Pacific Place's basement Garden Court. Pictured is Seeman Ho's Pale White in Forest. According to the blurb, in 2005 Ho established 'Seeman Backyard', an experimental exhibition project. It's good to see art space increasingly being created in malls. The exhibition finishes today.