Counterwork.co.uk is the website of sculptor Rich White. The title comes from a 1998 work Counterwork.
It was first launched in early 2001.
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.
'I have worked with Rich on a number of occasions and I've always found him a pleasure to work with and a true professional. I feel a great artist is one that is never short of ideas, and Rich certainly fits into this category.'More testimonials...
Karl Greenwood, Multistory
Rich is available for commissions, assistant work and design services.
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I’m being interviewed via email by Anna Francis as part of her guest editorship of the Longhouse website. Check it out here. The Q and A session is updated each time I answer, so check back regularly to see how I get on.
Anna’s project is an Ezine titled Talking City: ‘a space for artists to enter into dialogues with the places they live and work, creating space for discussion around practice and life in the city.’ There are lots of ways to get involved: take a look.