[i]I am particularly interested in elements of the everyday and popular culture that are suggestive of notions of obsolescence and decay. Such as once thriving objects that have succumbed (or will inevitably) to the process of history and time. Objects of comfort, desire, dreams and necessity often become altered, transformed or lost through time.
When we think of an artist drawing the beauty of a still life, we don’t normally think of the beauty in a wrecked car. Paul White finds and conveys the beauty in waste and decay in his meticulously rendered images of broken and discarded planes, cars and bikes. Objects once loud, useful, often prized, now, silent and relegated to history. Using pencil on paper, Paul carefully investigates his subjects in great detail, lovingly reinvigorating their spirit. It’s a time consuming process (as shown in the timelapse video). This slow rendering of the object captures a sense of stillness and silence.
As well as a suite of drawings, and a timelapse video, all the pencil shavings that Paul has collected will be on display
With an MFA(ART) from CAL ARTS, Melbourne based Paul white won the Metro 5 in 2010. His practice explores concepts of the everyday: its cyclical and evolving nature; individuals’ relation to it; and its impact on personal identity. Images from popular culture, the urban environment and decay are common themes in his work.
Paul White courtesy Scott Livesely Gallery Melbourne
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