The fall gallery season kicked off in a huge way on the evening of September 11th, with dozens of opening receptions competing for attention and the streets of the Chelsea Gallery District packed like Sixth Avenue during the annual Village Halloween Parade as art lovers scrambled to make it to as many shows as possible. It was a blast! Our first stop of the evening was one of our favorite spots, Joshua Liner Gallery, for Invisible Ruler, featuring new works by Wayne White, an exhibit which did not disappoint!
Wayne White has had an extensive career as an artist and art director. A three-time Emmy Award winner for his production design on Pee-wee’s Playhouse, White is also noted for his music videos for Peter Gabriel and The Smashing Pumpkins. And, as you will see by the works in this fun exhibit, he is an accomplished Sculptor, Puppeteer, Painter and Illustrator.
For Invisible Ruler, Liner’s large front gallery is dominated by an exhibit of White’s signature Word Paintings. For this series, White paints bold slogans, phrases or single words over mundane, bucolic landscapes and vintage offset lithographs to create a startling and thought provoking contrast of images.
I believe with this one, your mind might fill in a couple of seemingly “missing” letters. These Word Paintings are lots of fun.
There is also a selection of the artist’s Cubist-style watercolor drawings, which he created during his residency at the Rauschenberg Foundation. Joshua Liner did nice job of painting the gallery wall to match the style of these works.
These two, above are especially beautiful
The Oh Wow moment arrives when you unexpectedly come upon this pair of 15-foot, hand cut kinetic sculptures (tucked away in the rear gallery space) that White has named The Louvin Brothers — giant cardboard puppets based on American country music duo Ira and Charlie Louvin. This installation was the most impressive piece of art I saw in the entire two-hour course of the evening’s art crawl, and it definitely elevates Invisible Ruler to the status of a Must-See show.
It was nice to meet Wayne White in person at the gallery that evening; he is super cool. Thanks for the great art, Wayne!
Wayne White’s Invisible Ruler will be on Exhibit through October 11th, 2104, at Joshua Liner Gallery, Located at 540 West 28th Street, NYC. Gallery Hours are Tuesday — Saturday, 11:00 AM — 6:00 PM.