Filed under: exhibit | Tags: candacee white, gallery, pansodan, solo show, Yangon
“I decide whether I want it to be
smooth, fluid, sharp.
But it creates itself,
I’m just along to help out.”
Candacee White is about to have her first independent exhibition, at Pansodan Art Gallery. Candacee began to think of herself as an artist when she began painting abstracts — it was in discovering how an image or idea could remain meaningful and intense while being greatly abstracted that she gained the insight. She has been influenced by Brice Marden, among others. She explains, “I often stare at one line for a long time before I put down the next one, considering how it will relate the past and future lines, how close to the edge of the canvas, and so on. I like to let the line change, to get light, dark, thicker, thinner, which appears more natural.”
She tries to keep her lines alive, vibrant. “The line alone is beautiful and compelling, but I can never resist seeing the change that happens when I fill in the spaces.”
She aims to give a sense of disorder at the same time. “I seek control over the composition, even the small spaces. I enjoy repetitious detail — the painting begs for it, balancing out with the less ordered parts.”
She believes (along with Robert Rauschenberg) that all the possibilities are and limitations are within the materials themselves. “I like to try similar images on different materials, paper, cardboard, tile, canvas, with pastels, inks, paints, etc.” Once she did not have any canvas or paper at home, but had an old box which she started drawing on. She often creates pairs of warm and cool works, or larger groups with varied media.
A number of particularly unusual and lively pieces are made with stickers. This is the first time Candacee has worked with stickers. The original intention was to cut out shapes like faces, words, designs. She in fact did this before discovering that the remnants were much more interesting than the images she had cut out. Most of the deliberate images are now gathering dust, while the scraps have been composed on long strips of paper, much more beautiful and intriguing than what she had first intended to make. The mind continually plays with the shapes and colours, shifting between the overall balance, the whitespace, the coloured shapes, and one’s own imagination.
All of Candacee’s works bring in the viewer as a participant in her art. The balance and order has to be created between the observer and the picture as well,
and the pictures take a while to settle into place in the mind. As the eyes wander around the new bit of landscape she has made for them, exploratory impulses arise.
We will indulge these impulses at the gallery with a supply of stickers and scissors, and the walls of our staircase. Come and leave your mark, balancing or imbalancing. Candacee White’s exhibition will run from 29 March to 3 April at Pansodan Art Gallery, from 10:00 – 6:00; the pictures will be up all day on Friday, 29 March, and a reception will begin at 6pm. On that evening we also have a jam session with US bluegrass band Horseshoe Road on the roof, starting at 5:30. Bring your instrument or voice, or just your ears.
On Tuesday 2 April, we will be open very late.
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