Wayne White: I TOOK THE MACHINE APART BUT COULD NOT PUT IT BACK TOGETHER
Joshua Liner Gallery is pleased to present its third major solo exhibition of work from Chattanooga, TN born, now Los Angeles based, artist Wayne White: I TOOK THE MACHINE APART BUT COULD NOT PUT IT BACK TOGETHER. The show will be composed of five main components: his signature “word paintings” on vintage offset lithographs, as well as text-based works on paper over the Artist’s painted abstract backgrounds, mixed-media marionettes, and an installation of drawings. The fifth element encompasses the entire gallery, which is painted over with White’s personal doodles, words, and phrases, pulled directly from his notebook. Opening on February 8, from 6-8pm, the artist will be in attendance.
Each element of this exhibition serves as an equal part of White’s process. Each component leads into the next, building towards one ongoing visual narrative. The most prevalent works we see in the show will be a new series of “word paintings” – the latest iteration of a series of works he began producing 18 years ago. It is in the texts of these works that we begin to identify the unifying theme of the show; one of vulnerability and reflection. Moving away from White’s usual sardonic criticism, the Artist allows us a rare look into the role he occasionally identifies with: the frustrated writer. White continues to seek out the right words for his practice; those phrases which are both meaningful and relevant.