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Santa Fe, NM
Mark White Fine Art, October 5-19

Mark White, We Beside the Sea, aluminum, 12 x 24.

Mark White, We Beside the Sea, aluminum, 12 x 24.

This story was featured in the October 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

Mark White’s work is characterized by experimentation. Over the years, he has pushed beyond conventional boundaries by working in different mediums, subjects, and styles. In a new show this month at his namesake gallery, White brings together two different mediums to explore movement in nature. The show, titled Paths Less Traveled, features 15 new pieces and opens on Friday, October 5, with an artist’s reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

During his childhood, White spent many long days amid the lakes and ponds of southern Illinois. “I was always drawn to them,” he says. “Trying to understand the mystery of transparency of the water and what it does to an image is fascinating for me.” The artist has continued to explore this subject in a series of oil paintings. Throughout his career, White’s paintings have ranged from representational to abstract, and he continues to experiment in his art-making process. Recently the artist began using trowels with rounded edges to blend paint. “I’m moving all the way across the surface in one continuous movement,” he says. “I use a Tai Chi meditative movement to create the effects I want in the water.”

This interest in reflective surfaces also translates to the other pieces included in the show. Utilizing his metalworking background, White brings several pieces that portray landscapes on engraved aluminum sheets. The artist uses patinas and abrasive engraving tools to convey the nuances in land and water. White says going between the two mediums has created a harmonious dichotomy. “I have to wear a bunch of safety gear, and it’s not a pleasant way to work,” he says of the metalworking process. “So then I’ll work on the oil paintings as a relief because they are so freeing.”

The artist hopes the exhibition helps people rethink their perception of the world. Movement is a leading theme in all of White’s work, and it’s still a mystery he strives to understand. “I see the world in flux constantly, and I’m trying to convey that in all of these works,” he says. “Nothing is static. That’s the illusion, and movement, whether it’s big and fast or slow and minute, is the reality.” —Mackenzie McCreary

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505.982.2073
www.markwhitefineart.com

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