FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
J O H N W H I T E
May 2 June 9, 2006
Opening Reception: Sunday, May 7, 12-5pm
Sylvia White Gallery
1013 Pico Boulevard, Santa Monica, California 90405
310.452.4000, fax 310.452.5028
Web site, http://www.artadvice.com
Gallery hours, Tuesday Friday, 10am-5pm; and by appointment
John White, "Artificial Hatch V-6", 2004, Acrylic on Handmade Paper, 70 x 40 inches.
John White will be having a solo exhibition at Sylvia White Gallery, May 2-June 9, 2006. Reception for the artist is open to the public. Sunday, May 7, noon-5pm. . John will be featuring a wall installation dedicated to the memory of his friend, Tony Franciosa. In addition, his current body of work, "Artificial Hatch," are abstracted landscapes that simulate underwater scenes from a fisheye point of view. These paintings convey the same visual frenzy of activity that has characterized White’s work throughout his career.
John White is a painter, sculptor and performance artist. He has been exhibiting publicly for almost 40 years. Culturally, politically and aesthetically influenced by the late 60’s, White’s work exemplifies this period of redefinition and experimentation. Throughout his career, he has focused on three major areas of work: performance art, site-specific installations and drawing and painting. Although always interdisciplinary , his work is primarily autobiographical in nature and always includes some element of humor. Considered one of the seminal California performance artists, White has staged hundreds of public performances since 1967, and is included in numerous public museum collections, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum in New York, La Foret Museum in Tokyo, Total Museum in Korea, Seattle Museum, Palm Springs Desert Museum, St. Louis Museum, Oakland Museum and others. He is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts grants and has served as a panelist twice. He was awarded the New Talent Award from LACMA in 1971, CETA Grant in 1979 and Djerassi Fellowship in 1989. Since unofficially retiring from performance art in 1989 (there have been two exceptions "Annotated Lipschitz ," 1991 at the Los Angeles Music Center and "Circa" 1999 at the Armory Center in Pasadena) he has focused on installation and painting. Qualified historians may request access to the Smithsonian Institute Archives which has acquired White’s early sketches and notes. For more information, please visit his website, <http://www.johnmwhite.com>. Sylvia White gallery is located in Santa Monica at 1013 Pico Boulevard. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday 10-5, Saturdays, by appointment. 310 452 4000.