Rich White makes installation works about location, sense of place and the relationships that develop between people and their environment.
Key aspects of his practice are resonance and discovery. Works are informed by research of the locality, dictated by architecture and space, and through the uncovering of stories of identity, memory, place and history. These findings provide context, with the form and narrative of the work resonating with the location and the viewer. The work also provides a sense of discovery; the installations are immersive and interactive, inviting the viewer to explore, travel, climb and reposition themselves in order to fully engage with the work.
The forms the works take are often unknown at inception; beginning on site and organically shaped by the limitations of space, material and self-imposed restrictions. White challenges himself to pragmatically develop and craft new techniques and methods as the work progresses; drawing on familiar patterns, local history and material connections.
Risk-taking and coincidence play a creative role in his practice; chance encounters with places, people or materials inform the work in its scope and development, creating a socio-political sculpture responding to the varied perspectives people have of their locations and the events that shape them.
'We were very impressed with the methodical approach to generating the "It's growing on me" artwork for The Public and then 'magicing' it out of apparently thin air. Even though it was meant to be a temporary artwork we have kept it in situ for many more months than originally intended.'
Graham Peet, The Public