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02
Jan
13

End of the Old Beginning of the New – Venti13

Happy New Year, from my art studio to you!

So, as this new year hits, Vinte13 (2013 in Gaelic), I am reminded that this is the time to start fresh,
begin again (as my wife Shannon has said a lot lately) and to move forward in life and art.

In this spirit, I am going to ask if you will help me clean up my email list. Would you take a
few seconds to click on my art Newsletter form and update your information? If you would rather
just reply to this email, that is fine as well. If you get an email at two different locations, or you
have updated your email, or whatever, please let me know. There may be some cross over from b.a.l.m.
projects, and if you just want to receive updates about balm only, just let me know. You matter to me!

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Darin M. White, OVERFLOW Exhibition, Kansas Union Gallery, Sept. 2012 - Photo by Aaron Paden
DARIN M. WHITE: OVERFLOW – Back From New York, A Solo Exhibition
September 10- October 6th, 2012 – Photo by Aaron Paden

Here is a brief year in review update:
This last year has been an interesting year to say the least. I was grateful to start out last year by
producing and curating an exhibition Earth: Languages and Symbols at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary
in the KC Crossroads. One of the solo shows from this exhibition by Rex Hausmann got a nice review
in the KC Pitch Magazine. Around the same time our arts movement b.a.l.m. helped launch a unique
exhibition of 30 artists at the Lawrence Arts Center called the DANNON ART project which ran for a couple of months.
Our good friend GF Sam Wagner was an artist involved in this project. Sam passed away July, 5th, just a
few months after producing and showing his work. He will be missed greatly.


John Hachmeister, left and Maria Velasco, right. Artist in Resonance Space
Earth: Language and Symbols Exhibition at Cara and Cabezas Contemporary in KC Crossroads District
Curated by Darin M. White, January 20-March 10th, 2012
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In April I launched a Kickstarter Project to fund my first Solo Exhibition, OVERFLOW in New York.
I was in New York for 18 days and produced an installation in the Soapbox Gallery on the floor
level viewable 24 hours on a busy Brooklyn Street. With the help of good friends, I found discarded
pallets, brought them to the gallery studio, broke them apart and made a small barn/silo. I drove
to New Jersey with the gallery owner and picked up 1000 lbs of corn feed and filled the barn till it
Overflowed in the gallery space. I found half of a reclaimed 350lbs. black bear which I had taxidermied
into a provocative shape (not what you are thinking). I produced a variety of related imagery in conceptual renderings,
transfer prints, postage stamps, ringspun cotton
Bear Heart shirts and more. When I got
back from New York, I was thankful to get a nice press write up in the LJ World and another solo
exhibition curated by Gina Adams entitled OVERFLOW, Back From New York at the Kansas Union
Gallery in Lawrence, KS Sept. 16-Oct. 6th. I was able to show all of the work that I showed in NY and
add some additional works. I shipped the Overflow installation back from New York with the Bear Heart
work inside and with the help of friends and family installed these pieces and more. I also produced
my first major exhibition catalog which should finally be finished this week!

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DARIN M. WHITE: OVERFLOW – A Solo Exhibition Catalog
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In October b.a.l.m. was asked to produce and curate an outdoor night event at the Kemper Museum of
Contemporary Art. b.a.l.m Maps the Kemper: Lines, Dots and the Spaces In Between which was an
exciting time to work in temporary mediums and explore performance art. This is part of the Kemper’s
Map As Art Exhibition. Again family and friends and artists we appreciate helped make this event a success.
My wife Shannon and I were stretched to curate and produce the event and artworks in the time frame, but
were able to produce both collaborative and both Shannon and my individual works in addition to the
other artists works/performances.

Darin M. White and Shannon White collaborative work. 10' cubed. PVC, EL wire, bamboo, glow elements.  Photo by Jennifer Wetzel courtesy of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
Darin M. White and Shannon White collaborative work. 10′ cubed. PVC, EL wire, bamboo, glow elements.
Photo by Jennifer Wetzel courtesy of Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art
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I been doing a number of things to lately that you may or may not know about. One is designing custom
furniture which means I can make what you want. With a shift in making more art and having more involvement
in the art industry, with our newer division HAVA studios, I am finding the need to show my versatility in design
as well as fine art. I began producing wearable sculptures which were cut off sections from an 8′ long
Dry Bones | Bone Boat, that I produced in 2010. A note of sadness; the Bone Boat was thrown away by an
overzealous construction company along with the Impressions installation. The wearable sculpture pieces
as well as some others have just been picked up by the Phoenix Gallery locally and by UniQ Jewelry in
Three Rivers, MI. Shannon and I have been working on a number of commissions and look forward to more this year.

If you are in the KC area, this Friday, Jan. 4th, Shannon and I will be showing one of our 10′ collaborative works
and other works at Glimpse Flash Space for an exhibition entitled Spectrum. Come out to 1903 Wyandotte,
KCMO in the heart of the Crossroads Arts District to see this work.

Onward and forward!


DARIN M. WHITE
Artist | Independent Curator | Art Production Consultant
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“~speaking for truth and beauty, with the tools of my trade and the eyes of my heart, which are not my own~”
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21
Sep
12

DARIN M. WHITE: OVERFLOW, BACK FROM NEW YORK, A SOLO EXHIBITION

Press release, for immediate release:

DARIN M. WHITE: OVERFLOW

BACK FROM NEW YORK, A SOLO EXHIBITION

Exhibition Dates: September 10-October 5, 2012

Reception Sep. 28th, 2-6pm as part of the

Campus Art Walk and Final Fridays, 2-7pm.

Kansas Union Gallery

1301 Jayhawk Blvd., Level 4

Lawrence, KS 66045

Hours 8:30am-5pm M-F or by appointment.

Darin M. White returns from his debut solo exhibition, OVERFLOW in New York with a expanded  version

at the Kansas Union Gallery. As a Kansas University Alumn, he is the first artist in a series of KU Alumni

Visiting Artist Exhibitions.

OVERFLOW Exhibition Catalog Forward

“I first met Darin White in my studio for a curatorial visit where he was choosing work for an exhibition

in Kansas City. I had never met him before, but instantly I knew he was both a genuine person as well

as being intuitive and sensitive with concerns to both asking questions and in listening to what I had to

say about my own artist practice. I did not know ahead of time that he was considering my work for the

Cara and Cabeza Contemporary show in KC, only that he went to KU, was a Visual Art alum, and was an

artist and art enthusiast.

Through the planning for the Cara and Cabeza Contemporary exhibition I learned more about Darin

and his artistic practice. My first visit to his studio proved to be very exciting! There was so much to see

and talk about, it felt as though we would never have enough time to discuss everything and touch upon

every little detail. Believe me, I wanted to. Artists are always inspired by other artists who go in depth

when it involves their studio, their tools, the layout, the work, the process. You name it, we love to talk about it.

It seemed only natural that when developing the concept for an KU Alumni Visiting Artist Exhibition in

the SUA Gallery inside the Memorial Unions Building on Campus that Darin White should be the first

artist in this exhibition series. I had seen his drive and determination in developing a Kickstarter in order

to have a solo show, OVERFLOW in NYC. I was impressed with both how hard he worked and then with

how well considered his show was when installed. So in offering Darin a solo exhibition in the SUA Union

Gallery, I presented it as having his New York show here at home. Home being both Lawrence, where Darin

lives with his wife Shannon and their daughters Noel and Claire. And art in the White household is truly a

family affair.”

The SUA Union Gallery and the Memorial Unions welcomes Darin White with an open heart and an open mind.

Thank you for taking the time to consider Darin’s work installed in the gallery.”

Gina Adams

Memorial Unions Curator

“The second Campus Art Walk is in collaboration with Final Fridays, which is held in downtown Lawrence each month. This event encompasses different buildings on campus with art collections and displays such as Watson Library, the Art and Design Building and Stuaffer-Flint Hall. The Kansas Union Gallery is the final stop before visitors go downtown to enjoy Final Fridays. This event will start at 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Kansas Union on the fourth floor.

Our Darin M. White galley reception will also be held during this time, showcasing his “Overflow” installation exhibit. Also, the Campus Art Walk will include a performance by the KU African Drum Ensemble, an opportunity to take a commemorative picture at the photo booth and a ceremonial “yarn wrapping” of the Jayhawk.” by Student Union Activities

bioDarin M. White is an artist, independent curator and art consultant based in Lawrence, KS. White has a BFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas. With his wife Shannon, a painter and arts advocate, he founded b.a.l.m. (beauty, art and life movement) in 2007. Together they promote creativity and action, encouraging others in their art and understanding. In 2010, he helped launch the Final Fridays events in Lawrence, and is currently a commissioner for the Lawrence Cultural Arts Commission.White equates his artwork to digging in the field, looking for treasures and mysteries to reveal. This current work is related to visions and dreams, which he hopes will raise questions for the viewer about the life they are living. These concepts can be seen in Bear Heart, in which he states; “A naturally peaceful bear protrudes from the wall with arms extended in a kind gesture, paws touching. The negative shape of the arms creates a simple but powerful message, and encourages the viewer to wrestle with larger issues of life.”

OVERFLOW

SEEDS FOR REFLECTION: an essay

For those of us who like our epic quotes, you have heard this one before: “What good is it if you gain the whole world, but lose your soul?” That is a close paraphrase fished out of the Bible, spoken by Jesus. The pointed question echoes a proverbial human drama, if there is one; but have we considered its hypothetical inverse? What good would it be if we have our souls, then lose the whole world?

I would guess that Darin White, in the exhibition OVERFLOW, had considered that dilemma before. So let’s say you choose personal integrity and retain that inner consciousness, but then still watch your material universe (presumably as precious) slip away? In the text accompanying the exhibition, he initiates his version of the question, asking you and me: “What will you do with what we are given?”

The artist told me he does not care for political enmeshment, but OVERFLOW is after all a show traveling from a Brooklyn, New York gallery called Soapbox to a space called Union Gallery at Kansas University (And I as essayist have just newly returned to the Los Angeles area). Notice that the artist’s question, consciously or subconsciously formed, addresses “you” while acknowledging a collective “we”. Sounds like Kennedy’s Camelot speech. Not to get bogged down with American politics of current election-season 2012, one cannot help but consider the ideological tug-of-war between shared or individual powers, what is inherited and what is earned, the rhetoric’s between “you didn’t build that” and “the achievement of the individual.” Art world gatekeepers– art dealers to art academics– speak about the “timeliness” of consequential art-making, and I’d say the contents of OVERFLOW are pretty darn timely.

What we are given here: choices, self-conscious souls, material goods, an American two-party system, a big nation where we are allowed to ask big, philosophical questions out loud and to one another. But allow me to touch upon a few points on what we are given, in the more concrete ways we as gallery goers can see, smell, touch (at least with creative imaginations).

What provokes us in OVERFLOW is a once-living black bear, with arms roughly forming a heart-shaped void. A real bear hug to the usual living-room trophies of fierce teeth and outstretched claws typical of Americana. This bear seemingly presides over a wooden structure which in turn sits atop a large pool of corn seeds. In White’s written text, his subjects of “farmland, barns and brimming silos” are invoked more as dreamy state and visionary condition than simple nostalgic sentimentality; we are living at a time not only of nationwide recession and serious natural droughts. In fact, a material crisis is shared, if not eclipsed, by the wider economic shakeup of European and Japanese powerhouses. Timely? Look up what hot-blooded Italians did with Arte Povera (literally “Poor Art”) during the 1960s, in a time of too-cool American minimalism.

As he composed this installation between Overflow and Bear Heart, did Darin White realize how unsettling OVERFLOW is as a show? Did he ever think “bear market”, as we like to call cycles of downturn? Did he consider the ironic contrast of connotations in “Over” versus “Flow”? Here is another fact, this one about those copper etchings, available to anyone who can look up “copper” in Wikipedia.com: “Copper has been in use at least 10,000 years, but more than 95% of all copper ever mined and smelted has been extracted since 1900.” And here I thought quoting Jesus would be controversial.

Samuel W. Kho

Curator, Los Angles and New York

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Artist | Independent Curator | Art Production Consultant

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