Wayne White

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Exhibition: March 12 – April 24, 2014, York College Galleries
Reception: March 20, 2014, 5:30–7 p.m., Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall lobby

"I'm often as frustrated at the world as most people are. But I think frustration is hilarious. One of my missions is to bring humor into fine art. It's sacred." – Wayne White

Wayne White is an artist who has worn many hats; art director, illustrator, puppeteer, set designer, cartoonist, sculptor and painter. This exhibition focuses mainly on a selection of White's signature word paintings featuring oversized, three-dimensional text painstakingly integrated into vintage landscape reproductions. His respect for the tradition of American landscape painting is apparent, even as he transforms them with his irreverent wit. At times confrontational or abrasive, White's word paintings are also thought-provoking and almost always humorous, with Wayne pointing a finger at vanity and ego. The Los Angeles Times called White's recent exhibition at Western Project in Los Angeles "a tour de force display of artistic virtuosity." In the last 10 years, White has shown his word paintings in 53 solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums all over the U.S. and internationally. A reception for this exhibition will be held March 20 at 5:30 p.m. prior to a screening of the film Beauty is Embarrassing, which tells the story of White's life and career.

beauty is embarrassing Beauty is Embarrassing (The Wayne White Story)
Film Viewing: March 20, 2014, 7 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall
Q&A with Wayne White: March 20, 2014, 8:30 p.m., DeMeester Recital Hall

"This movie ought to be required viewing, not just for Oscar voters but for every aspiring artist wondering how to build a life doing what they love. Beauty is Embarrassing isn't simply a testament to the talents of Wayne White; it's a snapshot of the ways in which creativity and the business of daily living can be inseparably fused." – Elina Shatkin, Los Angeles Magazine

Beauty Is Embarrassing tells the irreverent and inspiring story of Wayne White, a one-of-a-kind visual artist and raconteur. The film, directed by Neil Berkeley, traces White's career from an underground cartoonist in New York's East Village to his big break as a designer, puppeteer and voice-over actor on Pee-wee's Playhouse for which he won three Emmys. It follows Wayne's success designing and animating for other children's shows like Beakman's World and music videos for The Smashing Pumpkins (Tonight, Tonight) and Peter Gabriel (Big Time), through a dark period of struggle and self-reflection before emerging in his present-day incarnation as a respected painter and performer.

White will answer questions at the end of the film. A reception in the Evelyn and Earle Wolf Hall lobby from 5:30-7 p.m. for his exhibition in the York College Galleries, Masterworks: 2000–2013, will precede the viewing of the film.

Artist-In-Residence: Wayne White
Exhibition: April 4 – May 20, 2014,  Gallery Hall (3rd Floor, Marketview Arts, 37 West Philadelphia Street, York)
Reception: April 4, 2014, 5–9 p.m.,  Gallery Hall (3rd Floor, Marketview Arts, 37 West Philadelphia Street, York)

"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

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 in Downtown York. White has previously created spectacular large-scale installations at Rice University in Houston, TX, where he made what he calls "the world's largest George Jones head," at the Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke, VA, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. White transforms the spaces and creates fun environments for viewers to enter into what in some way reflect 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, 2014, 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.