I dreamed a universe!
March 4, 2021 - May 30, 2021
Carl White was born in Liverpool, England in 1969. He Studied at the Alberta College of Art & Design from 1989-1992 in Calgary, Alberta. His paintings and drawings have been featured in many solo and group exhibitions across Canada since 1992 and reside in numerous private collections nationally and internationally. White currently lives and works in Calgary, Alberta where he divides his time between teaching and studio work.
In I Dreamed a Universe! Carl White speaks on the role of imperfection in art and life signalling to another universe; a reflection on what’s beneath the surface. The exhibition questions the value of art history, its relevance, and relationship to contemporary culture by taking on a dual role of creator and destroyer. Through this, White aims on finding balance and meaning in the making and letting go of an art object. In his exploration of painting and mythology, White presents a new perspective of art history in contemporary society.
This exhibition invites us to contemplate on how we live our lives through the process of making and destroying. Ideas of time, change, and movement can be interpreted within the artworks as White explores what it means to be an artist. The journey itself is the process of continuous change and perhaps what matters most. Just as a snake sheds its skin and starts a new, White leaves previous skin behind, then moves on to create another art piece, and another experience. Resembling the cycle of life in the act of creating and destroying, Carl White views his artistic process as a shared human experience.
This exhibition was curated by Manar Abo Touk, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections at the Art Gallery of Grande Prairie
Artwork: Carl White, This Moment., inkjet and gold leaf on paper, 2021
About The Artist
In the great infinite void
a search for meaning coalesces into pictures.
Floating in a sea of nothingness,
poems like maps
help me navigate
Pictures emerge giving sense to it all,
like the glistening sun upon a sea of waves.
I am able to catch a breath before
I am consumed once again
and the search begins anew.