"Out of Darkness," a virtual exhibition at Block Gallery in Raleigh that opened last month, features photographs and videos inspired by film noir, a style of dark Hollywood film.
The exhibition will be on display online until Jan. 15.
In addition to the low-budget aspect of film noir, the style usually incorporates the use of low-key lighting, off-angle and deep-focus camera shots and stark chiaroscuro, a technique that emphasizes contrasting light and darkness. Although there is a variety of techniques and styles used by the different artists in the exhibition, each of their images evokes a shared sense of mystery and isolation that is also common in the film noir style.
Stacy Bloom Rexrode, the curator of exhibitions and collections for Raleigh Arts, said the idea for this exhibition came from an earlier social media project focusing on how artists were adapting to life in quarantine. After seeing the pandemic’s impact on artistic practice, Rexrode decided on a theme for the exhibition.
“I thought paying homage to film noir through photography made perfect sense considering the genre first came about following World War II and was a result of artists making due with minimal equipment and limited resources,” Rexrode said.