“This is fun; it’s entertaining. It crosses the realms of art and entertainment. It’s puppetry. It’s a carnival. It’s fun for all ages. I hope it triggers something different for everyone who takes it in.” – Wayne White (speaking about his exhibition Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep.)
Artist Wayne White, best known as the puppeteer/set designer for Pee Wee’s Playhouse, will be bringing his boundless imagination to York College for a month to construct a large-scale public art installation in Gallery Hall on the 3rd Floor of Marketview Arts, located across from the Central Market at 37 W. Philadelphia Street in downtown York. Four years ago, White was invited to develop a site-specific work of art at Rice University, an important venue for installation art. For inspiration, White used a line from a song by country singer George Jones, a native of Houston, TX where Rice University is located. The exhibition was called “Big Lectric Fan to Keep Me Cool While I Sleep” and featured what White called “the world’s largest George Jones head.” Since then, White has created spectacular large-scale installations at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, Virginia and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. White transforms the spaces and creates fun environments for viewers to enter into that in some way reflect his interest in and respect for the history and heritage of the region where he is exhibiting. Reflecting the spirit of York will be White’s next challenge and his response to this challenge will be open to the public on April 4 for the First Friday Art Walk in downtown York. Come see what aspect of York captures the imagination of the Emmy-award winning creative genius behind the sets and puppets of Pee Wee’s playhouse.