RORY WHITE email@example.com
Career Points: OIL PAINTER, PHOTOGRAPHER, ACTIVIST
Eli Lilly Person of the Decade Award
2008 Eli Lilly WBA Program, Person of the Decade award for work in Skid Row, founding an MFA level studio art project for homeless and recently homeless and homeless mentally ill in 1998-2008.
A Main Subject of Film: HUMBLE BEAUTY: SKID ROW ARTISTS
major subject as one of the mentors in the multiply awarded film, HUMBLE BEAUTY: SKID ROW ARTISTS available on Amazon Prime, Google Play, and other venues . NOTE: the film includes a finite, but significant, selection of my still photographs, woven into the matrix of visuals of the film.
"PASSING THROUGH", a major documentary project covering myself, Rory White, and a core group of artists I've worked with beginning in the intense SKID ROW sector of Los Angeles in 1998 through present work centered at the extreme southernmost tip of Los Angeles, in San Pedro, on the cliffs over the ocean.
"PASSING THROUGH" is a film by Leslie Dektor, who is simultaneously Director of an in pre-production major motion picture with executive producer David Fincher ("Fight Club" "House of Cards" "Curious Case of Benjamin Button") on the photographer: DOROTHEA LANGE, the film title being "LANGE".
ART WORKS CONTINUUM Project: Designed and implemented contination of art projects serving homeless and other marginalized persons with a Master of Fine Arts LEVEL studio project and system of supplies and support and exhibition, including website, motion picture, and other contemporary exhibition venues.
This "Continuum" encompasses projects as early as the
1970's "Women's Prison Project" (one of the very few male teachers asked to participate in the full credit University of California extension class program taught at California Institution for Women, Frontera, CA), as well as the
Skid Row Lamp Art Project, (see below),
ART WORKS Project, 2011-2014 sponsored by Aileen Getty and in conjunction with Housing Works, and current work to date.
see WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ARTWORKSPROJECT for Art Works Project and the Skid Row Lamp Art Project and work to present day, 2017, is well covered in the 1000+ image facebook nonprofit site: www.facebook.com/artworksproject (note: go to Photos then Albums. then select individual albums to go through for extensive photo essays).
-SKID ROW LAMP ART PROJECT 1998-2008
-designed, founded and ran for ten years (1998-2008) the Lamp Art Project for Lamp Community and serving homeless, formerly homeless, and other Skid Row residents, with a Master's level studio art program in the heart of Los Angeles’ Skid Row sector. did this project in conjunction with the early decades of Lamp Community’s then cutting edge existence.
-took over 100,000 photographs in Skid Row, taught oil painting, and created my own oils and drawings in that period. including accomplishing a massive photographic coverage of the thousands of arrests in the star-crossed and ultimately horrific "Los Angeles Safer Cities Initiative".
-ART WORKS PROJECT/Continuum: 2011-2015 and as a CONTINUUM to this day
-designed and ran ART WORKS project, Sponsored by Aileen Getty, and in conjunction with the nonprofit, Housing Works, serving artists and other humans who have experienced marginalization by homelessness and/or conditions of difference and vulnerability in Los Angeles.
(The project has a three year granted period and embraced artists I had both previously worked with, and artists I work with to this day).
-I have worked in Art and Social Justice my entire life, my first most visible involvement being one of the few male course instructors through the Santa Cruz Women’s Prison Project through which i designed and taught a combined Art History and Studio Arts course at California Institution for Women's Death Row (SSU/Special Security Unit) in 1973-74. Program directed by Dr. Karlene Faith Ph.D. (Professor Emeritus Simon Fraser University School of Criminology, author "Unruly Women: the Politics of Confinement and Resistance”).
One of my initial premises in doing art projects for outsiders was that creative genius is extremely high in persons that do not fit into the tight linear tracks of this country’s educational, and societal fine arts systems and structures. I never embraced the ludicrous notion that the Skid Row inhabitants “needed culture brought to them” but that the culture of the people of Skid Row was radically spiritual, intelligent, brave and exquisite. I sought the honor of offering simple resources considered normal in the rest of societal niches, that is a Master’s Level studio space and materials for the fine arts, to the peoples of Skid Row.
The project was an amazing success, the artists producing thousands of museum level paintings and works of art, winning Frederick Weisman, Green Foundation, Annenberg and other awards. We were featured heavily in the award winning documentary film “Humble Beauty” and the unfinished “Ashes and Roses” and I myself was given the Eli Lilly Welcome Back Award “Person of the Decade” grant in 2008 to continue my work in art and social justice.
Outside the Inside Outside: Exibition of Skid Row Lamp Art Project Pharmaka Gallery, Los Angeles 2008 Initiated by Robert Shapazian of Gagosian Gallery and curated by Shane Guffog, director of Pharmaka Gallery
2005 & 2006 Venice Art Walk
1998-2011 CONTINUOUS EXHIBITING HALLWAY GALLERY
Lamp Community, Crocker & 6th Street, SKID ROW, Los Angeles.
(EARLY EXHIBITIONS including TOPANGA & BIG SUR)
Mermaid Tavern Exhibition, Topanga, CA
(two-person show with Christine Bernert following
Wallace Berman's exhibition that year)
ART HISTORICAL RESEARCH
ART SALES AND PLACEMENT:
RORY WHITE FINE ART 1982-1993
Historical art dealing
Primary Focus: early to late 20th C. California post-impressionist & modernist.
Significant historical art research accomplished and became an information resource for multiple art historical books, etc.
(see literature cited)
COAST GALLERY BIG SUR 1994-95
(oldest extant fine art gallery big sur)
(Rory re-curated Gallery with early 20th C. Modernist to Contemporary Big Sur painters).
Big Sur Artists Annual Exhibition,
Henry Miller Memorial Library & Gallery
1993 and 1994
CARMEL ART ASSOCIATION 1981-2
(oldest continuing Artist's Cooperative west of the Mississippi)
Contemporary Central Coast Artists and California Artists from late 19th C. through 20th C.
PASQUALE IANNETTI GALLERIES 1980-81
Old Master to Modernist works on paper. Focus on Rembrandt, etched body of work.
UCLA Awarded REGENT'S' SCHOLARSHIP 1968
-Highest Academic Achievement Award given by the University of California
University of California Santa Cruz B.A. in Studio Arts 1978
Antioch Univeristy, Los Angeles: non-degree focused Graduate Studies in Social Justice, Social Psychology.
Goddard College: non-degree focused Graduate Studies in MFA Program, Interdisciplinary Arts
ADDITIONAL CRITICAL TEACHERS OF INFLUENCE UPON ME:
DR. MARY HOLMES, UC Santa Cruz, oil painter, art historian
JASPER ROSE, UC Santa Cruz, painter, art historian
DR. ENSHO ASHIKIAGA, UCLA (Chair, Asian Studies) educator and Sumi-e painter
DR. THICH THIEN-AN, professor UCLA (Asian Studies)
DR. ALICE MATSUNAGA, professor UCLA (Asian Studies)
DR. KARLENE FAITH, History of Consciousness/Prison Studies UC Santa Cruz
RENEE WHITE, oil painter printmaker: my mother and singlemost important teacher/influence.
(my mother studied with Richard Diebenkorn in figurative abstraction and Saul Bernstein in
Old Master thru Post Impressionist painting technology/technique/materials/creation and use of mediums.r
BOB GERBRACHT, oil painter: one of the best teachers of "painting what you see" (a type of naturalistic
realism)) in figure painting,
or any other subject matter for that manner, and a downright wonderful human being.
ART WORKS CONTINUUM serves homeless, formerly homeless, and other marginalized persons with a master of fine arts model (1) Studio Program and an equally important (2) Archiving Function.
While the roots of the project go back to its design and initiation of a University of California Extension art class taught in a women's maximum security prison, in the mid 1970s and also include work done in East Hollywood, Los Angeles, and today's central location in San Pedro, Los Angeles, CA., nevertheless, it's identity and history were most highly shaped by its 10 years (1998-2008) in the tenderloin of Skid Row, Los Angeles, the highest concentration of homeless in America. The program's central location today is in San Pedro, California, and yet most of its artist-members still originate from their Skid Row involvement.
Studio Program: This provides art supplies, full instruction, or specific tutoring, or support of fully independent work to its artist-members, according to their individual goals. It supports both contemporary non-orthodox, and multiple orthodox traditions, in thematic and stylistic studies, dynamics and output, and furthermore offers strong foundational to advanced teaching and support in drawing and oil painting. Its largest output over the years has been oil painting. It stresses non-toxic and green practices in oil painting. No petroleum based solvents, nor turpentine, are used in the studio, itself.
The founder, Rory White, has created numerous art projects over the years, including founding and running the afore-referenced first decade the original Lamp Art Project in Skid Row 1998-2008, Art Works Project in E. Hollywood, 2011-2014, and again has its origins in projects he designed and ran in the mid 1970's through the Santa Cruz Women's Prison Project teaching high level and University of California accredited classes in the maximum security unit of California Institution for Women, founded by Dr. Karlene Faith Ph.D.
Some project members have continued for over 17 years and continuing to this date from their involvement in Skid Row. It is notable that our current hub is San Pedro, CA, the extreme southernmost tip of the City of Los Angeles, with San Pedro having similar dynamics to Downtown Los Angeles: Beautiful Cities and yet with both the poverty of the street people and yet the parallel extreme cultural richness and diversity of the inner city domain. It likewise faces the oncoming effects of gentrification.
The project focuses on quality, and a high one to one mentoring relationship, not quantity of members, and yet uses oil painting, photograph, printmaking, and then WEBSITE AND FILMS to broadcast its efficacy and replicable nature nationally and internationally. The projects have, in fact, become nationally replicated models.
The work has been featured in the many award winning documentary "Humble Beauty: Skid Row Artists", the in post-production "Ashes & Roses", and is currently the focus of the recently completed "Passing Through".
"Passing Through" is a sophisticated and seriously funded hour long documentary film, directed by Leslie Dektor who is now set to begin filming on the 7 years in the making theatrical motion picture, "Lange", on the depression era great photographer Dorothea Lange. The "Lange" film is done in conjunction with David Fincher as Executive Producer, and "Passing Through" is exclusively directed and produced by Dektor Film Group.
A major exhibition is being planned, and fundraiser, in conjunction with a premier of "Passing Through". It is important that Art Works Continuum has Fiscal Sponsorship in advance of this event.
The parallel between the huge body of photographic work done on Skid Row over the last 19 years by Rory White, project founder, and the work of Dorothea Lange, is what led to Rory White and the project artist-member becoming the focus of "Passing Through".
This "subject-of-films" dynamic exemplifies how the purposely small one-on-one qualitative project which has a core group of artist-members of 6 to 12, and serving an additional 12 to 50 visiting artists per year, can nevertheless have national impact though web, film, and printmaking.
The project has never had its own 501c3 status but instead has worked with and under the umbrella of other large nonprofits like Lamp Community in Skid Row. However, this has caused us to have to change our name over the years according to each nonprofit and hence the desire to seek Fiscal Sponsorship from Fractured Atlas so that we can continue our work as ART WORKS CONTINUUM.
Also this exemplifies the major parallel dynamic of the project to raise funds for the printing and publication of the 100,000 image archive Rory White has made photographically of the streets and amazing people of the intense Skid Row and related areas.
In parallel, yet again, to this is to further perfect and stabilize an archiving function for the work produced by all the artist-participants of the project. The works, already produced, including those in the possession of the project itself, and then those in the collections of the individual artists, as well as collectors, represents hundreds of significant oil paintings and other works of art. It contains one of the most important visual depictions of the streets and people of Los Angeles' Skid Row, in existence. Simultaneously, it represents, without argument, a critically valuable part of the history of the country in relation to the ironic, but powerful, intersections of the spheres of homelessness and alienation, and that of creative genius. It is a testament, and documentation, of the radical perseverance in the most fiery crucibles of society, of the human's need and manifestation of their humanity and high levels of creativity in Community.