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22
Aug
11

THE SPARKLE THAT FEEDS

Here is an art review I wrote a little bit ago. I waited to publish it on my site to give enough time for eReivew to the get the press out.
Hope you enjoy!
By Darin M. White May 13, 2011

A review of the spring Bread and Glitter journal release exhibition

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Chris Bohatyritz, “Untitled,” acrylic on canvas, 2010-11. Image: courtesy of the artist
Monarch Gallery
Kansas City, Missouri
April 8 — May 13, 2011

Because of the fact that our oldest daughter had a sleep over to get ready for that night, we arrived late from Lawrence, Kansas, to the exhibition party, spurred on by our collective interest in art and an invitation. (My wife Shannon was included in this issue of Bread and Glitter). Bread and Glitter is very recent, well-thought, and well-written ‘zine journal covering art, aesthetics, deep thoughts, and various takes on faith. I have an insatiable diet for seeing art lately. Is it that “art” has increased in quality, or have I become a better viewer? Whatever the answer, my wife, our 10-month-old daughter, and I entered the room about the time when the DJ’s bass kicked in and we could feel our hearts bumping to the beat. The scene took me back to the days when we threw raves in the lunchroom of my family’s manufacturing company.

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Stuart Bury, “Take an Axe to Fear!” cover art illustration for “Bread and Glitter” Volume 1, Issue 2, 2011. Image: courtesy of the artist

Ryan LaFerney, founder and co-editor of Bread and Glitter, which also has an online component, greeted us and graciously provided a run-down of the show, apologizing for the intensity of the sound. This is the B & G Volume 1, Issue 2 Spring Release party. Beyond a party, beyond an exhibition, there is a sense of community in this space called the Monarch Gallery on the first floor of an eight-story brick building on Main Street in Kansas City, Missouri.

Shannon pointed out the fresh-baked bread positioned on a pedestal, displayed as art with a collection of glitter and a small cup of honey. As we looked around the gallery amidst the flashing lights and thumping sounds, we saw additional beacons of bread lifted up to art status and purposed by glitter. Food-for-art, the art of food — how ever it is thought of, is something I think about often.

Katherine O’Hara, who acted as co-curator of the evening’s event, stated she was very pleasantly pleased with the exhibition, which was based on an open-ended general call. In my experience, this strategy can open the door to a potential madhouse — with a plethora of miscellaneous art hung salon-style and crammed so closely together that your eyes beg for mercy. Merciful it was, though, as we were not subjected to an overload of art, but with a variety of thought-provoking, fascinating, and even humorous works.

I was already familiar with many of the artists and have even shown their work in a flash space in Lawrence, Kansas. The talent oozes and the works delight. Being a sculptor and typically drawn to this work like a magnet, I sauntered over to Christina Dostaler‘s piece which looked like a May-day basket in filled with all sorts of edible goodies. I chewed on the luscious colors forms and shapes, but was reminded by my daughter that we should continue to move if we intended to take in the entire exhibition. We enjoyed the miniature and colorful weblike drawings of Lori Bury (whose husband Stuart Bury drew the cartoon for the cover of this B & G issue); her well-thought quintuple arrangement looked like a beautiful happy accident of bright spills and connecting DNA drawings.

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Christina Dostaler, installation view of “I Hope I Have Potential,” acrylic on Mylar, monofilament, and plastic, 2010. Image: courtesy of the artist

I was intrigued by Chris Bohatyritz‘s work, especially an untitled painting that reminded me of a monotype plate, with translucent reddish-brown spread across it with a pallet knife, topped with an explosion of small brilliant bright colorful strokes floating and flittering in and out directing themselves in shapes. At the bottom right of the painting peeking out from behind the swaths is a dog with droopy ears and lonesome eyes that looks up and out over the shoulder of the viewer as if he wishes to be somewhere else.

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Lori Bury, detail of set of four “Untitled” drawings, mixed media, 2011. Image: courtesy of the artist

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Chris Bohatyritz, detail from “Untitled,” acrylic on canvas, 2010-11. Image: courtesy of the artist

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Amanda Elise Bowles, still from “Quiet Utterance/Stolen Breath,” video on DVD, 2010. Image: courtesy of the artist

Linnea Gabriella Spransy had a variety of beautiful portraits on paper, which shows her talent to draw from life and to handle any medium/style, as the majority of her current work is completely abstract. I passed by Amanda Elise Bowles‘s video installation Quiet Utterance/Stolen Breath and realized that this wasn’t the time that I would be allowed to sit and contemplate the conceptual observations that she has made. Later, I spent some time with the Bread and Glitter issue itself and read more about her work, wishing I was able to see the installation again. I was drawn to the use of salt-encrusted bricks and the use of breath as a medium.

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Ben Jones, “Jeremiah,” woodcut on paper, 2009. Image: courtesy of the artist

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Jane Sheldon, installation view of “The Trusting Type,” acrylic on paper, 2011. Image: courtesy of the artist

Instead, however, for this moment I took in Ben Jones‘s large woodblock prints and came back by again to see Jeremiah, with the strong contrast of black and white and the fascinating comedy. I circled back and took some time to study Jane Sheldon‘s paintings (or should they be called drawings)? They are stunningly awkward, but in a way that makes you like them all the more. Her use of text is interesting and somewhat left to the viewers’ imagination, as in The Trusting Type wherein she paints over the majority of the words; some are revealed as though through white-out from beyond the shoulder of the individual portrayed. I can make out “I’m normally the Trusting type…” and a few other words, but it seems as if it really isn’t the words that are important but the mood that the image creates. Again, these works by Sheldon like many of their counterparts are colorful, and after a long winter of drab, this glimmering viewing seems to be just the food I need.

Note:
The exhibition also included work by Wen Dan-Lin, Christina Lenert, Amanda Monson, Lizeth Niño, Brendan O’Shaughnessy, and Michael Powell. Jake Myska is also co-editor of Bread and Glitter.

Original article in:

eReview Magazine

08
Mar
11

Invitation | The Beautiful Life: Looking at Life and Perspectives on Creativity, Sideways

The Beautiful Life: Looking at Life and Perspectives on Creativity, Sideways.

Dates:
Tuesday, Mar 22, 2011 – Saturday, Apr 9, 2011
Receptions:
Tuesday, Mar 22, 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Images:
The Beautiful Life: Looking at Life and Perspectives on Creativity, Sideways.
“Research Drawing”, 2009 on Mylar by Linnea Gabriella Spransy
“Purity” (from the Foundation Series), 1996 – Cast Bronze, Fabricated Steel – 95.5″H Darin M. White – Photo by Aaron Paden

“She Traces Rainbows”, C-Print on Aluminum ©2011 Shannon White

http://havastudios.files.wordpress.com/2011/01/rex_hausmann_the-right-hat.jpg

“The Right Hat for Any Ocastion” ©2011 Rex Hausmann

The Beautiful Life: Looking at Life and Perspectives on Creativity, Sideways.

Darin & Shannon White, Linnea Gabriella Spransy, Rex Hausmann

@ Hausmann Millworks as part of Contemporary Art Month 2011

Tuesday, March 22, 2011 6pm – 8.30pm

925 W Russell Place, San Antonio TX 78212

210.884.6390 | www.hausmannmillworks.com

A panel discussion format & art exhibition will be held at Hausmann Millworks regarding the subject of artistic involvement and integration into society as a whole. Four artists are speaking on their work, ideas on contemporary art making and marketing and their curatorial work both nationally and internationally. Their work will also be available for view at the exhibition coming from San Antonio TX, Lawrence, Kansas & Kansas City, Missouri.

The Artists/ Directors

Linnea Gabriella Spransy (Kansas City, MO)

Linnea is a painter and installation artist based out of Kansas City. Ms. Spransy helps run the contemporary art community Monarch Studios in Kansas City and holds an MFA from Yale University. She has exhibited work at Art Basel Miami as well as the SCOPE Art Fair and is part the The Drawing Center registry in New York City. She is represented by Byron Cohen in Kansas City.

http://www.linneagabriella.com

Darin & Shannon White (Lawrence, KS)

Darin and Shannon White are a husband and wife duo residing in Lawrence, Kansas.  Shannon is a painter and Darin is a sculptor. Both show nationally and internationally and have spoken around the country. Together they co founded and are directors of Beauty Art and Life Movement or b.a.l.m., a movement for encouraging, educating, providing opportunities, and supporting artists. In addition their interest is helping artists become sustainable, helping educate the public about the value of the arts, and creating a more beautiful life and culture.

www.beautyartandlifemovement.org/
http://www.shannonwhite.com
http://www.cargocollective.com/darinwhite

Rex Hausmann (San Antonio, TX)

Rex is a painter. He and his family run Hausmann Millworks: A Creative Community located in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from The Savannah College of Art and Design in 2007 with a degree in painting. Rex has shown nationally and internationally and is in the collections of The Smithsonian, The University of Texas at San Antonio as well as public and private collections throughout Europe and the US. He also took part in the 2009 Venice Biennale.

2005-2007 – www.rexhausmann.com

2008-2009 – www.texascannonsofproportion.com

2009- current – www.hausmannmillworks.com

29
Nov
10

Wearable Sculptures by Darin

I have been interested in sustainability and in this case sustaining both the time I get to work on art as well as providing for my family.  So…that being said, here are some wearable sculptures that I have been producing which are cut off sections from the Dry Bones|Bone Boat Sculpture that I produced last month.  This is just a small sampling and also I can custom produce almost any shape required, so let me know what you want.  Pricing will be on a per price basis, and will depend on what type of clasp etc, however the general pricing which includes a basic ball chain length and shipping to the 48 contiguous States (Hawaii and Alaska $4 more) is in the pull down PayPal button at the bottom of this post.


Wearable Sculpture by Darin
(I am working on the PayPal button -technical issues- in the meantime send payment via PayPal
to me email me here
.) $70 Large (3.25″-4.5″), $60 Medium (2″-3″), $50 small (1″-1.75″)

More images of new wearable sculptures –> http://www.flickr.com/photos/displaydirect/6262443587/in/set-72157625338835387/

26
Nov
10

balm Dry Bones Exhibition, curating, sculpture and press

As I mentioned previously, I have been curating a “Flash Space” at 739 Mass Street in Lawrence, KS.  This current show called b.a.l.m. Dry Bones which opened on Friday October, 29th and was going to run until around December, 23rd 2010, however we helped lease the space by coming in and setting up this temporary gallery and bringing in traffic and awareness, so the show ended early.  I haven’t included my work in any of these shows, but I had a piece I really wanted to produce for this show and thankfully was able to accomplish.  We had a very good turn out with around 750-1000 attendees estimated.  We sold a painting of one of the artists as well which was encouraging.


“Dry Bones|Bone Boat” ©2010 Darin M. White

The rathaus, a local art blog has been doing a great job of keeping up on local art news. Click on the logo to see the post for the b.a.l.m. Dry Bones show.  The Rathaus

Rex Hausmann who is an artist and director of the Hausmann Millworks came up to Lawrence with painter Duane Hilburn and they both had work in the balm Dry Bones show.  Rex Hausmann shown below with Ryan LaFerney in front of Hausman’s work and installation.

Here are some other shows that I curated for the 739 Mass St. Flash Space.  b.a.l.m. anthopoi exhibition which had a good news article written up.Below is an image from the show opening with my wife’s beautiful painting called “Transition”.


“Transition” ©2010 Shannon White

The first show curated was the b.a.l.m. TRANS•parent TRANS•lucent exhibition that had fabulous review called Seeing Through by Ryan LaFerney in Review Magazine.  The image below is from the opening with Shannon’s painting in the background and our friend Emily and her daughter at the right.


b.a.l.m. TRANS•parent TRANS•lucent Art Exhibit Shannon’s “Pregnant Promise” shown ©2010 Shannon White

During the hubbub of getting ready for the balm Dry Bones show we were asked along with some other local art collectives to produce a piece for Lawrence Magazine called Collective Creations.  There was a quick little video piece done as well about the theme Love in the Time of Beer Bellies … a Mass. St. Romance.  I have gotten to do a little radio lately for the promotion of the Downtown Lawrence Art Districts Final Friday’s on 1320 AM which has been a fun experience.  If you have a moment take some time to check out some other reviews and press on the balm site.

Keep a look out for my next post about wearable sculptures.

If you are interested in having me curate or jury an art exhibit, please contact me at
785.764.2216 or email here.

With thankfulness… Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

04
Oct
10

Curating, art and life in 2010

It has been a little busy since my last post.  The b.a.l.m. WHITE SHOW went on tour  from March 6th to
May 5, 2010 to Hausmann Millworks in San Antonio, TX as part of Contemporary Art Month (CAM) and Luminaria.
There was a great review written by By Elda Silva (San Antonio) Express-News
‘White Show’ able to amuse and unsettle at the same time


Rex Hausmann, Shannon and Darin White
at the balm White Show at Hausmann Millworks
More pics from show travel, set up and opening here

Also at the end of March beginning of April, Shannon and I were invited to bring our artwork
and curate the hanging of an art exhibition in Paris, France.  Shannon was pregnant with our
third child and decided not to go, but sent her work with me.  It was a busy time, and I mostly
worked, the show was being installed in a 900 year old building that used to be a convent and
then a disco tech.  A great big thank you to Philip and Anh Sawyer for making this happen!


Chris Mueller’s work on Left Darin M. White on Right

Works by Lena Sawyer, Anita Breitenberg, Shannon White and Anne Elhajoui


View of Eiffel Tower from George Centre Pompidou Center


Great food and friends in a Paris brasserie

More pics from the trip here , artwork here
and curation set up here

In May a friend Patrick Curtin and I went to pick up the balm White Show in San Antonio.
We had a great time and sold a few pieces of artists in the meantime.  Thank you Rex Hausmann
for bringing the show down and the great artists studio visits, amazing Tex-Mex food and
Gene and Rene Hausmann for their hospitality!


Rex Hausmann, Darin White, Patrick Curtin
loading the truck for the trek back to Kansas
More pics here

Not too long after getting back from San Antonio, my wife Shannon had our
beautiful and sweet daughter Claire Hava Nala White.  What an amazing joy!
It has been an amazing thing to have another baby.  She is so much fun.
Our daughter Noel has been a great help.


Claire Hava Nala White

Here are some more pictures.

My wife Shannon White had a solo show “Latent Vision – New Works by Shannon White
at Bridgeport Space in the Crossroads District in downtown Kansas City, MO
May 7th- May 31st, 2010.  She sold one painting opening night and had amazing traffic
and then sold another while the show was up!  It was an amazing show in a great space.
Thanks again to Patrick Curtin who curated the show!

Post card invite for Latent Vision new works by Shannon White


More photos from the show here

In late August we had a trip to Colorado for a gathering of artists.
I led an art walk about holloware and wire sculpting, and Shannon and
I spoke to around 90 artists and enthusiasts about art, life and b.a.l.m.
We had a great time at the castle and we got to do some hiking and fishing
as well.  We went up a few days early and stayed in a remote and rustic cabin
in the mountains, with no internet or mobile access right by the South Platte River.


Our cabin in Colorado by the North Forth
of the South Platte River


Inside our cabin in the Colorado mountains

In January I officially become a commissioner for the LCAC (Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission).
In August I was asked to sit on the board of the DLAD (Downtown Lawrence Arts District).
We have established the Downtown Lawrence Arts District in Lawrence, KS.  The DLAD
approached a few local landlords about their space that was empty.  We have
“leased” these “Flash Spaces” for events called Final Fridays, which are a group of galleries and
Spaces that participate by hanging or providing artwork and opening up from 5-8 or
later in some cases on the Final Friday of each month.  I volunteered to curate the

739 Massachusetts Flash Space.  b.a.l.m. has now produced the first two shows
in which I curated the exhibitions.  The first which was produced in two weeks is
b.a.l.m.
TRANS•parent TRANS•lucent Art Exhibition
which opened August 27th,
and ran through Sept. 17th, 2010.  The opening drew around 700-1000 people estimated.


b.a.l.m. TRANS•parent TRANS•lucent Post Card Invite


b.a.l.m. TRANS•parent TRANS•lucent Opening Reception

More images from the opening reception

We were also grateful for a wonderful review of the show by
Ryan LaFerney with Review Magazine .

Shannon had another solo show which opened in conjunction with
Final Fridays called Digitals and Drips at the Art House including
conte line drawings of our daughter Claire peeking from behind
drip paintings, and a slew of new digital paintings. It was a very
exciting show!


Shannon White Digitals and Drips Postcard front image


Shannon White Digitals and Drips opening image

For the second of the Final Friday events I curated a show called
b.a.l.m. anthropoi a show about how artists view people. Anthropoi
means people in Greek.  The show opening was Friday, Sept. 24th,
at the 739 Mass Street Flash Space and will run until Oct. 22nd. 2010.
For this show we had an even better turn out than the first event
with an estimated 1000-1,300 people coming through the space.

Post card front image for b.a.l.m. anthropoi exhibition


Opening reception images for b.a.l.m. anthropoi exhibition


Click here for more opening images for the b.a.l.m anthropoi show

We also were thankful for another great write up in which we were highlighted
FACES AND PLACES IN DOWNTOWN LAWRENCE, KANSAS By Tom King.

Upcoming we are waiting for an article by Lawrence Magazine that will
be highlighting 5 artists group/collectives from Lawrence, KS in which
we were given a theme and had to produce a collective piece of art
as a group in less than five hours each.  This article will be coming out at the
end of October.

All content ©2010 Darin M. White

09
Jan
10

Commemoration of Caden Michael White 2003-2009

Today Caden, I am thinking of you and missing you.  You know how much I love you.
Here is a poem I wrote about you.
Love you buddy,
Daddy

Mr. C - His Kindergarten Picture

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one of joy

why did you go?
i know you were strong and brave
our missing you is beyond pain and yet
you are so full of joy
more than you even left with us
which is hard to fathom
excruciating to believe
faith is unseen but true
in weakness there is strength
most don’t understand what you gave
like the ONE
your life LIVED not in vain,
but in such love, gifted gain
welcomed pleasure
building life, home and eternity
with lions, a melting smile and more talent than
can be imagined.

Darin M. White 1/22/09
To Caden Michael White (2003-2009) – I love you and I miss you!
http://www.cadenwhite.com/archives/122

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Here is some artwork I have been working on surrounding Mr. C’s sickness with cancer
and his death.

28
Jul
09

Call for Artists’, Art Opportunities, Art Show Call for Entries/Submissions

h1Call for Entries for the Juried “WHITE SHOW” 7/17/09

b.a.l.m. announces the “WHITE SHOW” call for entries, a juried art show.

balm WHITE SHOW at Signs of Life Gallery

On October 23rd, 2009 b.a.l.m. will open its art show at Signs of Life Gallery in downtown Lawrence, Kansas and will run till January 18th, 2010.
The show is open to all artists 18 years old, and the entries/submissions are due September 4th, 2009 before 11:59pm.

Read more here…

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My wife Shannon and I run this arts group called b.a.l.m. Above is the recent call for art entries/submissions




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