Armory Center for the Arts is pleased to present a retrospective exhibition of the work of John M. White, entitled Lifelines: A Retrospective Exhibition of Performance, Installation,Sculpture, Painting, and Drawing by John M. White. The exhibition, organized by curator Betty Ann Brown, will be on display in the Armory’s Caldwell Gallery from Sunday, March 27 through Sunday, June 5, 2011. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated, color catalogue, with an essay by the curator and graphic design by John M. Coy. An opening reception, free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, March 26, from 7-9pm. A special performance by the artist, also free and open to the public, will take place on Saturday, May 7, at 7pm.
Throughout his career, John M. White has focused on three major areas of work:performance art, installations, and drawing and painting. This exhibition combines the artist’s creative actions (i.e., performances and related installations and sculptures) as well as his records and notations (paintings and drawings that both anticipate and engage the performances).
Regardless of media, White’s work is primarily autobiographical in nature. He mines his personal environment — his first performance literally involved mining — then merges the treasure and dross of existence into intriguing visuals that hint at but never fully resolve into contained narratives. Avid interests in golf and fishing, an early professional practice as a psychotherapist, and stories from personal and family histories have, for nearly 30 years, fueled the artist’s creative output.
Since emerging as a young artist in the late 1960s, White has exhibited widely and staged hundreds of public performances. His works are included in numerous public collections, including Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Guggenheim Museum, La Foret Museum in Tokyo, Total Museum in Korea, Seattle Art Museum, and St. Louis Art Museum. White has received numerous honors, including three grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, LACMA’s New Talent Award (1971), a CETA grant (1979), and a Djerassi Fellowship (1989).
“Lifelines: A Retrospective Exhibition of Performance, Installation, Sculpture, Painting, and Drawing by John M. White” is on view in the Susan and John Caldwell Gallery at the Armory is at 145 North Raymond Avenue, Pasadena.