Chess pieces with eerie human heads. Gluttonous wolves. An interactive wall with Velcro facial hair. They're all part of Black and White, a group show at 5G Gallery inside Factory on 5th. The show opened last Friday, and despite the color-free limitations put on the artists, the array of work is diverse—with themes ranging from philosophical polar bears to broken relationships depicted through geometric chiaroscuro. Gallerist David Cudney says the hours of the show are similar to the next door Kosmos Café's hours—about 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, a few hours after the Church of Beethoven on Sunday, or "whenever there is an event at Kosmos." Black and White runs through June 24th.
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Create an artwork, in any medium, but it must have only two colors. Even grays are off-limits. Oh, and you have a deadline. This was the challenge taken on by more than 10 artists for Black and White, the upcoming show at the 5G Gallery. David Cudney, who runs the gallery, says the parameters were to make sure that all the work created for the show was brand-new. Having an assignment can also inspire an artist to work more fervently. The opening reception is Friday, at 6 p.m., when you can see the two-tone fruits of their labors. There will be hors d’oeuvres and music, along with “some kind of black and white water feature.” The 5G Gallery is inside the main building of the Factory on 5th (1715 Fifth Street NW).