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07
Mar
12

Update on Kickstarter project launch

I recently announced that I was approved for a Kickstarter project for my debut solo exhibition in New York.

Here are some updates in regards to launching the Kickstarter. I am adding images that I will use in the
project launch. Please stay tuned for the actual launch and details! Thank you!

Here are some highlights of rewards for funding this Kickstarter project…

Corn Seed Packets

As part of the Overflow site specific installation, there will be empty seed packets printed on the front with
image of the work and the back will have information about the work the exhibition and sponsor. Below is
concept images of the front and back of seed packet. I foresee the empty seed packets being mailed out as
postcards announcing the exhibition, and inviting the viewer to come see the show and take a few seeds.
This will also be a reward for pledging on Kickstarter.

These seed packets will also be at the gallery and available to use to pick up a few seeds from the exhibition.

Darin M. White, Seed Packet Concept Front Image, 2012

Darin M. White, Corn Seed Packet Concept Back, 2012

Bear Heart T-Shirt

I have had requests to make T-Shirts of my work in the past, but never had the right opportunity. My brother
and I used to own a clothing company, and screened many shirts in my day! The Winged Wonder was one
of my designs. I should dig one up sometime and show you. hmmm

Darin M. White, Concept image for Bear Heart Sketch T-Shirt

I surveyed a few people and they seem to think that a simplified version of the actual Bear Heart
concept image was preferred to the simple line drawing above. Here is what it will probably look
like.

Here is what the Bear Heart will look like on a t-shirt. Most likely soft ringspun, per Lisa Lala’s request.
They will come in a variety of colors. It is a fun grab bag.

Bear Heart T-Shirt Concept on Yellow

Darin M. White, Bear Heart, T-Shirt Mock Up Image, 2012

Exhibition Catalog

I have been waiting for a while to print a catalog of my work, and now it is time!
This catalog will most likely be a softcover, saddle stitched, unless I go beyond funding a way!
Below is my concept image.

Darin M White, Overflow Exhibition Catalog concept

Pencil Drawings

Below are a couple of pencil drawings of the Appropriate Attire works. I am thinking about including a print
of these for one of the rewards.

Darin M White, Appropriate Attire: Burlap and Earth, Pencil drawing, 2012

Darin M White, Appropriate Attire: Ashes and Burlap, Pencil drawing, 2012

Change Forward Conceptual Rendering

There are a number of renderings I am going to offer as various sizes and levels of prints. Here is one…

Darin M. White, Change Forward Conceptual Image, 2011

Surprise Quick Sketch

One of the rewards I am going to offer is a quick sketch of whatever is
on my mind at the moment (I know scary thought), but hopefully interesting.
It might be a cartoon, or naturalistic sketch, stylized, etc. Surprise!

Darin M. White, Quick Sketch Bear Example, Ink, 2012

Arrow Antler T-Shirt or Sketch

Below is another ink drawing that I am considering offering as a T-Shirt
or sketch reward. What do you think? It would probably be printed on a random colored shirt.

Darin M. White, Arrow Antler, Ink, 2012

Overflow Card Concept Image

Another option for cards is the “Bear Heart” image:

"Bear Heart" Greeting Card Concept Image

Of course my family is putting up with me, with all of the work I am putting into this project

I am so thankful for them! Here is a photo from Fall 2011.

A photo by my dad, Ed White, Darin and Shannon White Family Photo by Graffiti, 2011

Here is another one of us on a crazy windy day (March 2012) in a corn field. It is amazing to
see how fast Claire is growing up!

White Family Photo March 2012 in a corn field, just outside of Lawrence, Kansas

©2012 Darin M. White

Please keep a look out for this Kickstarter launch! Thank you!

Darin M. White
http://darinwhite.com

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03
Nov
11

Nacho Libre: A film of Hope

I wrote this “review” a while ago and decided to finally post.


Image ©2006 Paramount Pictures

I was watching a “classic” movie Nacho Libre last night Produced by Jack Black, Directed by Jared Hess written by Jared Hess, Jerusha Hess and Mike White. I have fond memories of watching this movie with my son Caden in the hospital or at home as he was recovering from his chemotherapy’s. Nacho Libre at first seems to be just another fun shallow comedy with Jack Black (Nacho). I loved the cinematography, the fun accents and the kitschy feel. There is this gorgeous aqua blue and cadmium red throughout the film. It makes me wish I was painting again. Last night something made me love this flick even more.

This revelation hits me while the frames are rolling. This is a movie about hope! In all its hyped up silliness the movie is about hope, and it is beautiful. Yes, even proudly I say it; “Nacho Libre is a stunning film!”

The basic plot is about a child who grows up in an orphanage. His mother was a Protestant missionary to Mexico and his father was a Catholic Priest who besides trying convert each other manage to have a son before they both die. Nacho their son is raised in a Catholic orphanage. The credits roll as he tries to act like a luchadore and is humiliated once he has been caught by the priests. As he grows he cannot stop thinking about finding his place in the world and his passion for Mexican wrestling. He draws sketches of his costume if he was a wrestler during mass. Eventually he meets a homeless person (Esqueleto played by Héctor Jiménez) in the alley trying to steel the orphans chips, and he fights him for the bag. With the recent arrival to the orphanage of Encarnación the peaceful, beautiful sister and the harassment by the other brothers for his lack of cooking skills, Nacho decides to act on his dream of Lucha libre. He finds Esqueleto the chip thief and gets him to agree to team up with him in the ring. They lose badly, but make some money and they are hooked. Nacho brings back a salad for orphans to their delight. Eventually, Nacho wants to become more and more like the professional luchadores. He is hiding his identity and sneaking out late to wrestle. His joy turns to frustration as he is starting to slip in his help for the orphans. An opportunity comes up that the winner of many wrestlers would fight Rames (Cesar Gonzalez) the best luchador and would become a professional wrestler and win a substantial amount of money. When he asks Sister Encarnación (Ana de la Reguera) what she thinks he should do, she says that God would honor a person if they were doing something for the right reason. Nacho is shown praying at the front of the chapel. He prays that if God will only let him win this match, that he will give any money he wins to help the orphans. As he is praying the candles catch his robe on fire. He runs out of the church screaming and his clothes on fire. He rolls to put out the flames. When he stands up, his simple brown tunic has been burned off the bottom half of him revealing his colorful aqua and red “stretchy pants” that he wears to wrestle. Everyone is shocked by this site and Nacho claims that he is “Nacho the luchadore”. The anger from the brothers come in claims of sin with icy stares. Nacho states that he will go and he will fight and he will win, because God is with him in the ring. He states that when he wins he will by a bus for the orphans, so they can go on field trips and “stuff”. He gallops off to fight and comes home dejected from being the runner up to the winner the Emperor. He is kicked out of the orphanage, and as he is about to leave his small friend Chancho (Darius Rose) asks him where he will go. Nacho says he doesn’t know as there is no place for him at the orphanage and there is no place for him in the world. Chancho gives him a machette to help Nacho as he goes into the wilderness. After a short time, Esqueleto comes to give him a message that the Emperor has been injured and cannot fight Ramses. Nacho decides to come out of retirement to wrestle. Esqueleto has asked Nacho before, “Do you think we’ll win?”
Nacho replied, “I do not know, but I hope so.” He is very nervous about fighting Ramses and does his best, but he is loosing badly and it looks to be over for Nacho as Sister Encarnación and the masked orphans walk into the stadium. Nacho’s hope is restored, and his faith and courage return. He begins to subdue Ramses as the slow motion continues, he wins with an aerial swan leap from the ropes to the retreating luchador and a three second pin.

The orphans bus is decked out in bright luchador paintings as it travels down the road. Out the door of the bus Nacho the aqua clothed luchador priest, Sister Encarnación and the orphans proceed up the steps of their next tour destination.


Image ©2006 Paramount Pictures

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Article ©2011 Darin M. White

16
Jan
09

A long week of love…

My son died one week from today, last Friday, January 9th, 2009.  He was an amazing boy, and I am so thankful for the five years that I have had with him!  God truly blessed us with a miraculous  precious gift.
He is so missed, and we are grateful for his love of God, and that he is not uncomfortable or in pain and is enjoying his time for eternity.  Caden loved to come down to my studio and ask for scraps to make sculptures of his own.  I will post some of these at a later date.  Make a Wish foundation sent us to Disney World after his second diagnosis of Neuroblastoma cancer.  While we were there we went to Sea World.  Noel and he loved Shamu and they both got a stuffed toy orca.  I saw that they had carved orca tails for sale, but we didn’t purchase any.  I carved these tails for the kids to remember their trip out of walnut wood for Christmas.  We loved that the tails were to remind the kids to believe and follow their dreams.  My brother, myself, Peter and Chad, my brother-in-laws carried his casket to the waiting grave.  At the graveside memorial for Caden I took some pictures with a friends camera of the casket with the angels at the corner and of the calalilies on top of the casket and the tree behind lit up by the late day sun that came out after our friend Tom prayed in his rememberance.  His body is resting in this beautiful spot nestled in the woods of the rolling hills of Kansas just a stones throw from my Great – Great Grandfathers Homestead foundation and well.  Caden’s story is one of courage, bravery, faith, joy and love.  Please read more here.   My wife wrote a striking and poignant poem that truly speaks to our Mr. C and his five wonderful years of life, from the day he was born May 5, 2003 during the tornado to the point when he was free last Friday, January 9, 2009.

Orca Tails Carved For My Kids for Christmas

Orca Tails Carved For My Kids for Christmas

Mr. C - His Kindergarten Picture

Mr. C - His Kindergarten Picture

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 We love you, Caden, One of Joy, our Little Warrior.

Capture the heart of the King.

“Drink the wind”, Ride the baby lion!

Shine your light; Twinkle bright so we can See you at night.

Fish, Build, Play, Run fast.  Fly into the sunrise. 

Live your Dreams now and Forever.

We won’t forget the Treasure you are

Precious little guy who brought us such joy,

A gift we can never replace.

Go with God!

Be at piece with no more pain.

Be Free!  Be one with the Savior.

Love forever in His open arms.

Eat from the Tree of Life

Fruit of Forgiveness.

Days without end…

by Shannon White Copyright 2009

31
Mar
08

Healing Series

Series from Fall 2007- Present – HEALING: 

Introduction-
My son Caden White age four was diagnosed with neuroblastoma cancer (a nervous system cancer in children with around 600 diagnoses per year) June 28th, 2007.  He has been through six of the seven, three to four day chemo rounds, had a stem cell harvest, and had invasive surgery to remove the tumor.  In addition to this the doctors would like him to have a bone marrow transplant and eventually have radiation treatments, additional treatments, and then possibly antibody therapy.  He is currently showing no evidence of disease.  I had never had to deal with any healing issues, but this stirred within me a desire to release these thoughts and feelings that I have surrounding Caden’s health issues.  I feel like working through these ideas in my art has been very helpful to try and focus on the positive things rather on the negative.  I don’t want to downplaying the pain or gloss over heartache, but rather show it in the burning cleansing trial by fire which brings impurities to the surface, so that they can be removed, the poison and pain of medical treatments, all of which is overcome with seared wings of faith, sincere hope, truth, beauty and above all love.  I feel called as an artist to address ideas and truths through my artwork that calls from deep within me to deep within the viewer. 

Title:  Healing:  “ Heart Injection – Faith, Hope & Love”
Media: Hand Carved Cedar Wood, Wood Burned, Cast Lead & Pin Inclusion (Which is known to cause cancer in the state of Kansas) 
Size: 12”L x 2 ½”W x 6 ¼”D 

DarinMWhite HealingHeartInjectionFaithHope&Love 12Lx2.5Wx6.25D Angled Front View Carved&BurnedCedarCastLead  DarinMWhite HealingHeartInjectionFaithHope&Love 12Lx2.5Wx6.25D Side View Carved&BurnedCedarCastLead
DarinMWhite HealingHeartInjectionFaithHope&Love 12Lx2.5Wx6.25D Angled Back View Carved&BurnedCedarCastLead  DarinMWhite HealingHeartInjectionFaithHope&Love 12Lx2.5Wx6.25D Detail Front View Carved&BurnedCedarCastLead


Title:  Healing: “Refining – Faith, Hope & Love”
Media: Hand Carved Cedar Wood
Size: 10”H x 1 3/4”W x 1 ¼ “D 

DarinMWhite HealingRefiningFaithHope&Love 10Hx1.75Wx1.25 Carved Cedar Wood IMG_9857


Title:  Healing: “Caden on Copper in Three”
Media: Photocopy transfer on copper
Size: 16 3/8”W x 6”H x 1/16” Thick 

DarinMWhite HealingCadenInThree 16Wx6H Print on Copper 
IMG_9887

Title:  Healing: “Wooden Form #1 – Organic Carving”
Media: Hand Carved Silver Maple Wood
Size:  12 ½” Diameter 4”H
Collection of Philip and Anh Sawyer

DarinmWhite HealingWoodenFormIOrganicCarving (12.5Diameterx4H Carved Silver Maple)ALL WORK AND IMAGES COPYRIGHTED 2008 DARIN M. WHITE ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
No images or work can be duplicated in any shape or form without prior written permission

08
Jan
08

Waverly – DWR Champagne Chair Contest™ entry

I entered a contest called The annual DWR Champagne Chair Contest™.  I had a few hours to complete the piece because my son Caden, came down with a 104.8 fever that put us back in the hospital on Sunday.  I had done my design over a year before, but never started making the chair.  So instead of having some time on Sunday and Monday to work on the chair I was in the hospital.  Thankfully my son is doing much better!  I took a few tools with me to the hospital and got a very rough shape worked out there.  Shannon came to switch places with me at the hospital, I came back to work on some items and then worked on finishing the chair.  I was finishing gluing the chair (I am not a glue fan, I would have rather TIG welded it) I realized that I didn’t have a way to take a picture in time, so I emailed them what I had (not much).  I sent them the final photo today and offer it to you for your viewing pleasure.  Please note that as all of my images, designs, sculptures etc., are Copyrighted.  Written permission is required for any duplication.

“Waverly” Champagne Cork, Gold Plated Metal Champagne Top Hallowared, Gold Plated Champagne Wires, Glue
Waverly 
Copyright 2008 Darin M. White

12
Dec
07

Caden White – Hope Necklace

Since it is near Christmas time, and we have had multiple requests for Caden’s Hope Necklace information again, I am reposting this previous post. 

We had an article written up in the Lawrence Journal World about Ann selling these at the recent Lawrence Art Center Holiday Art Fair.
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Below is the original post: 

Caden's Hope Sterling Necklace

Our friend Ann who produces a beautiful jewelery line, is offering a necklace especially for our son Caden as a way of helping out with his medical costs. This is an amazingly sweet gesture, and the jewelery is very well designed and made. I cannot thank Ann enough for her support in this way and the many other ways that she has helped us. Thank you Ann! Click on the above image or go to the page on her website for more information or click here.

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For an update on Caden you can go to http://cadenwhite.com .  He is scheduled for surgery this Friday, December 14th.  We appreciate your prayers.

If you have more questions contact me by email:

Thank  you,

Darin White

20
Oct
07

Healing for the Arts Show Opening Tonight 10/20/07

Shannon and I are in a show that is having its reception tonight at the Lawrence Art Center called Healing Through the Arts.  Please come to view the show from 5-7 pm tonight October 20th, 2007.  We are working on pieces surround the events of our son Caden and his battle with Nueroblastoma cancer.

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Healing Through the Arts IV: “Surviving and Thriving” Exhibition

Lawrence Arts Center
October 6-31, 2007
Reception, Saturday, October 20, 5-7 pm

Healing Through the Arts IV: “Surviving and Thriving” Exhibition –

Events:

  • Art Exhibition: October 5-31
  • Exhibition Reception: Saturday, October 20, 5:00-7:00pm
  • Workshops with Christie Dobson and Libby Schmanke

For more information: Lawrence Arts Center , 940 New Hampshire , Lawrence , KS 66044 Contact: Candi Baker or Mary Devlin at (785)843-2787 or lacdance@sunflower.com

Healing Through the Arts 2007: Surviving and Thriving, a Breast Cancer Prevention and Awareness Project, is underway at The Lawrence Arts Center this month. This year’s events include an Art Exhibition October 5-31 with a reception Saturday, October 20 from 5:00 – 7:00 (Note: this date and time is new and an update to previously announced date and time) and two workshops with community groups.

The exhibition is open to artists who are cancer survivors and artists interested in the connections between art and healing. The work is displayed in the Lawrence Arts Center’s lobby and main floor hallway. This year’s 27 artists come from Baldwin City, Lawrence, LeCompton, Ozawkie, and Topeka, Kansas, as well as, Lee Summit, Mo.

Works included are by Zak Barnes, Amy Bertrand, Carolyn Berry, Crystal Jo Cunningham, Ann Dean, Laura Dalrymple, Cindy Daniels, Erlene Flowers, D. W. Gates, Roxann Graber, Steven Graber, Doug Guess, Johanna Hanks, Dick Herpich , Debbie McGee, Brigid Murphy, George Paley, Joyce Schild, Libby Schmanke, Leonard Schneider, Tony Silvestri, Dawn Tallchief , Elinor Tourtellot, D White, Darin White , Shannon White , and Carolyn Young . Mediums include watercolor, oil, acrylic, digital images, fabric, collage, photography, ceramics and sculpture. Most works are accompanied by an artist statement discussing the work and usually the connection from their lives with healing. This powerful and moving exhibition will continue until October 31 with a reception October 20 from 5:00 -7:00pm honoring the artists.

Additionally, two encouraging and inspiring workshops are being presented to special community groups this month as part of Healing through the Arts. Christie Dobson, MA, in theater and drama therapy, will present Healing Circle through Drama therapy workshop to care-givers and survivors here at the Lawrence Arts Center . Libby Schmanke, MA, board-certified art therapist, state certified substance abuse counselor and owner of Art and Insight, a private art therapy practice, will present a workshop in Healing and Artmaking to Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support group. Inquiries about these workshops should be directed to Candi Baker, lacdance@sunflower.com.

Special Thanks this year goes to 100 Good Women and Women Speak for their generous donation in support of this project. “Thanks for making good things happen in our community and beyond.”

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Contact me with any questions.

Darin White




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