Song of the Roustabouts

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Elephant Tent, 2012 Unfired Clay, Jute, Wood, Steel, Rope 650 X 450 X 380 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Gabriel Rolt
Song of the Roustabouts , 2013 Unfired Clay, Jute, Wood, Chains, Steel, Rope 4.2 X 6 X 5 Meters © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Gabriel Rolt
BLACK ELEPHANT TENT , 2012 Fired Clay 180 X 112 X 100 Cm © Courtesy of the Artist and Galerie Gabriel Rolt
Song of the Roustabouts

Tolstraat 84
1073 SE Amsterdam
January 19th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013

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Wed-Sat 12-6 or by appointment


Galerie Gabriel Rolt is proud to present its second solo show of the work of London-based contemporary artist and sculptor Douglas White (Guildford, UK, 1977), who works with decaying objects, discarded waste and other cast-aside materials to create poetic, totemic works that pulse with new life.

From 19 January to 23 February 2013, Rolt will present White’s SONG OF THE ROUSTABOUTS, an exhibition of sculptural works including the eponymous large-scale installation made from over 1,000 kilos of wet clay suspended by a strange system of ropes, pulleys and wooden poles. The work, which the artist will construct on-site in the large open space of the gallery, recalls a haunting encounter White had more than a decade ago.

While traveling in East Africa, he stumbled upon the remains of an elephant, which had been mostly scavenged. All that remained was a scattered assemblage of bones and the elephant’s vast deflated skin, draped and folded like a collapsed tent. “Here was a body become landscape, a body both present and absent in which the distinction between the inner and outer had evaporated in the heat and decay. It was a body you could walk through… said the artist. “Of all those objects that I ever encountered, this is the one I wanted most to possess…”