We are pleased to present Conspiracy, an exhibition of experimental works by artist Rich White. The works, completed during White’s residency at The Art House throughout January 2018, represent the conceptual exploration of the artist’s practice through his geographical exploration of Wakefield.
Typically White’s work manifests as sculptural installation. However, in a departure from the practice he has developed over the last 20 years, he has worked predominantly with photography and ink on paper throughout his residency.
Launching during Wakefield’s January Artwalk, visitors are invited to come and explore the work on display in the gallery and they try their hand at making their own ink on paper work inspired by the exhibition.
Rich White makes installation works about location, sense of place and the relationships that develop between people and their environment.
Key aspects of his practice are resonance and discovery. Works are informed by research of the locality, dictated by architecture and space, and through the uncovering of stories of identity, memory, place and history. These findings are used to develop work that resonates with the location and the viewer. The work also provides a sense of discovery; installations are immersive and interactive, allowing the viewer to explore the physical environment and discover new perspectives and information.
The forms the works take are often unknown at inception; beginning with site visits and research, and organically shaped by the limitations of space, material and self-imposed restrictions. White challenges himself to pragmatically develop and craft new techniques and methods as the work progresses; drawing on familiar patterns, local history and material connections. Coincidence plays a creative role in his practice; chance encounters with places, people or materials inform the development of the work, creating sculpture that responds to the varied perspectives people have of their locations and the events that shape them.
To see more of Rich’s work, visit www.counterwork.co.uk