Posts Tagged ‘Curating

15
Feb
12

Brooklyn Solo Exhibition April 13-26th, 2012

I have a solo exhibition April 13-26th, 2012 at the Soapbox Gallery in Brooklyn, NY. I am very excited about this project.

As an artist and arts advocate my wife and I help produce and curate art exhibitions, provide opportunities and encourage artists through b.a.l.m. | beauty, art and life movement. I was offered a personal solo art show at an alternative gallery space in Brooklyn, NY from April 13-26, 2012. The space is all that is provided, and the artist acts as the janitor, gallerist, host and receptionist. To be able to produce the large conceptual based installation and object artwork that I make, as well as be in New York for 2-3 weeks during the exhibition, I am looking to raise funds to help make this project a reality. If more funds are raised than required for the project, any extra will go to producing and printing catalogs of the exhibit. I am hoping to pre-sell work for the exhibition. Below are some conceptual images and renderings that show what I am producing. If you are interested, or know of someone who would be interested in this work, please contact me to discuss. Please help me get out the word about this project! Thank you!

Darin M. White, Bear Heart, Taxidermy Bear, 2012

Bear Heart

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.

Darin M. White, Overflow, Reclaimed wood, seeds, 2012

Overflow conjures thoughts of farmland, barns and brimming silos. Seeds are important and are traded as a
commodity. Cycles of life happen whether we understand the process or choose to bury our head. Our land,
resources and life are laid out in front of us, one moment at a time. What will we do with what we are given?

Darin M. White, Appropriate Attire: Burlap and Earth (left) and Appropriate Attire: Burlap and Ashes (right), Transfer print on copper, 2012

Darin M. White, Appropriate Attire: Burlap and Earth, Transfer print on copper, 2012

A men’s suit made from the same material to hold potatoes or coffee is buried to its knees in soil. Out of the
earth emerges a single seedling. Appropriate Attire: Burlap and Earth wrestles with issues of power and
humility, struggle, toil, life cycle, memento mori, forward movement and growth.

Darin M. White, Appropriate Attire: Ashes and Burlap, Transfer print on copper, 2012

Appropriate Attire:Burlap and Ashes

A burlap sack becomes a women’s dress that either is rising out of or sinking into ashes which create the
outline. From the ashes, new growth begins to form. In nature when fire burns the forest decimating it,
eventually out of this process emerges life and the chance to begin again.

©2012 Darin M. White

Once the Kickstarter project is launched I will post a link so you can check it out!

Darin M. White
http://darinwhite.com

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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.

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