TOM WHITE

ESCAPARATES MIOS (MY SHOP WINDOWS)

November 15 – December 18, 2019

Roll Up Project is pleased to present paintings and works on paper by Tom White. His recent work – collectively referred to as butohdrawing – combines aspects of drawing, painting, movement, video, and performance. White draws inspiration from Butoh, the avant-garde Japanese dance theater style that incorporates a wide range of dance and movements. In Butoh, performers are often pushed to physical limits as they express the concept of “control vs. un-control.” The performances are staged in unconventional environments that reflect the human condition.

White incorporates aspects of Butoh into his work in many ways, including the use of expressive brushwork, a contrast of textures, and the exploration of control and spontaneity. The faces he depicts are twisted into expressive, yet mask-like, expressions, which could be inspired by Butoh masks. White’s blog documents his ongoing investigation into movement and the act of making artwork.

The Harrison Street window features several works on paper and paintings, arranged as a glimpse into the artist’s studio. The installation includes many noteworthy pieces, including Boogie Woogie, a 12-part installation featuring geometric shapes and short lines; Boxer, an energetic abstraction of a boxer punching, set against a bold red background; De Stijl, a geometric painting in red, yellow, blue and black, propped up on antique column bases; and two open notebooks.

Monotypes on nautical maps fill the Roll Up Project’s Third Street windows. They feature faces and references to Jingletown, the Oakland neighborhood White has called home for over 30 years. Text such as “My heart stays in JingleTown” contrasts with a nearby work that reads “et ne nos inducos en tentationem” (and lead us not into Temptation). Collectively, the artworks reflect on the neighborhood and being part of a community.

 

About the Artist

Tom White is a multimedia artist based in Oakland, CA. Mr. White earned his BA/BFA in painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan, and his MA/MFA from U.C. Berkeley. Since 1997, Mr. White has collaborated with artists in the USA, Mexico, Cyprus, China and Spain developing butohdrawing, a multimedia approach to making art that incorporates a strict visual focus inducing a peripheral experience which informs the act of creating a work of art.

Learn more about his work at https://butohdrawing.blogspot.com/

ON VIEW IN THE ROLL UP WINDOW

RollUp Journal
mixed media
38 1/2 x 9 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Untitled
mixed media
13 1/2  x 10 1/4 inches
Untitled
mixed media
12 x 9 inches
Boogie Woogie
mixed media
33 1/2 x 40 1/4 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Untitled
mixed media
11 x 9 1/2 inches
Ding an Such
mixed media
26 3/4 x 24 inches
Journal 1
mixed media
16 3/4 x 23 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Journal 2
mixed media
16 3/4 x 23 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Boxer
mixed media
30 1/2 x 22 1/2 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Envelope
mixed media
7 x 6 1/2 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Untitled
mixed media
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
Another Little House for P. Klee
mixed media
8 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Untitled
mixed media
13 x 10 1/2 inches
De Stijl
mixed media
30 x 22 1/2 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous

ON VIEW IN THE THIRD ST. WINDOWS

Johnny
mixed media
36 x 29 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Et ne nos Inducos en Tentationem
mixed media
47 x 39 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Untitled
mixed media
14 x 10 1/2 inches
Jingle
mixed media
45 x 27 1/2
photo courtesy of Styrous
Jingletown is Myne 2
mixed media
47 x 34 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
My Heart Stays in Jingletown
mixed media
43 x 29 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous
Telescope
mixed media
12 x 9 1/4 inches
photo courtesy of Styrous