Santa Fe, NM, July 13-August 5
This story was featured in the July 2012 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Order the Southwest Art magazine July 2012 print edition here, or purchase the Southwest Art magazine July 2012 digital download here. Or simply click here to subscribe to Southwest Art magazine and never miss a story!
When Ethan White steps on stage to dance, his intention is to create beauty. “I’ve always wanted to create ‘in service of beauty,’” he says. As a sculptor and painter, Ethan brings the same spirit, intention, and sense of movement to his visual art that he brings to dance. “My visual art is currently focused on transferring my study of form, movement, and expression onto metal—whether it’s a bronze sculpture or the stainless-steel and copper canvases that I etch and paint with translucent patinas.”
Ethan’s latest efforts to “serve beauty” through visual art are on display along with new paintings by his father, Mark White, from July 13 through August 5 at Mark White Fine Art. An artists’ reception is on Friday, July 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. This is their first-ever father-and-son show, and they couldn’t be more thrilled. “It’s fun to see how Ethan is evolving with his work,” Mark says.
Recently, Mark has gone through his own artistic evolution. For many years, his work focused on wind- and water-driven kinetic sculptures as well as engraved paintings on metal (the process his son continues to use). But his latest body of work consists of oil paintings on canvas, a shift that resulted from the artist’s desire to create more freely. “This last winter I decided to focus on oil because I was getting frustrated with the limitations of metal and patina,” Mark says.
Recent travels to Santa Fe, Laguna Beach, and Los Angeles have also influenced Mark’s work. “I love landscapes and I love to abstract them a bit,” he says. “Until recently I hadn’t been around the ocean much—it’s been really inspirational.”
The landscape is also a significant influence in Ethan’s recent work, in which a major idea he explores is the overarching influence of a grand vista. “People growing up in the West are exposed to huge landscapes, and I think it changes our perspective on what’s possible in life and what we’re seeking,” Ethan says.
While father and son have taken their own individual paths as artists, they share a similar goal: to use art to communicate the beauty and sense of wonder for the world that they experience in their own lives. —Lindsay Mitchell
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