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- Date: Fri, 14 Mar 2003 08:06:00 -0800
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- Charlie White
- Highland Park
- Light jet chromogenic print mounted on plexiglas, Edition
of 3, 1 AP
- 48 x 96 "
- Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York
- Artist info
- Charlie White In a Matter of Days
- - Additional Information -
- Andrea Rosen Gallery is pleased to announce "In
a Matter of Days", consisting of nine large scale photographs, is
Charlie White's first full-scale one-person exhibition.
- Goya utilized grotesque, monstrous creatures in his work
as phantasms of moral savagery. The monsters in White's images read both
as literal/naturalistic in the context of LA/ horror cinema, and as phantasmic
symbols of social decline. Looking as if they've happened on Los Angeles
by accident, the monsters in these images (created by Hollywood effects
artist Jordu Schell) seem almost as panic stricken as their human victims.
- White fashions his characters, blandly recognizable from
television or other pre-formed notions of Los Angeles, as blank figures
who come alive only in constructed "theme" environments. By creating
an overall narrative and introducing monsters straight out of special effects
cinema, a further degree of artificiality is introduced into a world which
already reads as fake, thus allowing these characters and places to be
scrutinized in a state of suspended animation. Each photo is titled after
a subdivision of LA's vast and varied yet familiar terrain, and each is
held to a 2:1 aspect ratio, suggesting the composition of both landscape
and movie screen.
- Los Angeles is known as the non-city, an anti-polis shaped
by money, greed and social fear. White investigates the resulting environment,
creating characters who are deeply and permanently bound to their surroundings,
at once alienated from and dependent upon the overbuilt world around them.
When Hollywood monsters (already somehow incipient to this city of movie
magic, plastic surgery, and profound social inequity) come out of the woodwork,
the landscapes and interiors of Los Angeles become only more set-like and
useless for shelter.
- For the people in these images, life has the easy and
even veneer of fantasy. The dream of Los Angeles, just like a scary movie,
encapsulates its own nightmares within the pleasures of its fantasy world.
Come earthquakes, riots, or hordes of murderous beasts, it is this dream
that we first rush to resuscitate. White's goal is to present scenes that
are at once metaphors for reality, moral allegories, and even, however
fantastic, literally possible. White explores the notion that in the world
of Los Angeles and its bizarre citizenry, the monstrous is already among
- Charlie White is a recent graduate of the MFA program
at The Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. White has
previously produced two magazine pictorials "Femalien" and "Demonatrix"
that were published respectively in Cheri and Penthouse Comix magazines.
Displayed and sold at newsstands across the country the publications were
also displayed and sold at Andrea Rosen Gallery.
- This project was made in conjunction with MUSE [X] Editions.
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