’Single Head Occupancy’ a sculptural installation,
and New Paintings
November 3 - December 22, 2001
Opening Reception: November 3rd (5-7pm)
The Mark Moore Gallery is proud to present the our first solo exhibition of Wayne White. Known primarily for his anachronistic word paintings, the artist is at last fusing his experiences of production design, video animation, puppeteering, and set design into one inter-active sculptural project. Single Head Occupancy is an immense, three-pronged structure built ten feet off the floor, accessed by one viewer at a time. Three ’funnels’ will contain a variety of visual and audio information, from animation to a live puppet show. Accompanying this work will be White’s uniquely odd word paintings that address everything from fried chicken to Norman Rockwell to Hooters.
Wayne White is a product of Chattanooga, Tennessee, New York and Los Angeles experiences. Growing up in the southern town of Chattanooga furnished White with an innately American narrative voice, simultaneously historic and disjunctive. He moved to New York at 19 to study with the famed illustrator, Art Spiegelman, and worked ten years as a cartoonist for the New York Times, Rolling Stone, the Village Voice, and many other publications. White’s New York tenure culminated as set designer for Paul Rubens on ’Pee Wee’s Playhouse’, along with fellow artists Gary Panter and Matt Groenig. Moving to Los Angeles, White continued to paint and expand his abilities (the short list) as Art Director for Peter Gabriel’s ’Big Time’ and the Smashing Pumpkins ’Tonight Tonight’ music videos, production designer for Jim Henson, and animator and puppet designer for “Beakman’s World.” Single Head Occupancy is White’s first major synthesis of his talents.