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 are used to develop work that resonates with the location and the viewer. The work also provides a sense of discovery; installations are immersive and interactive, allowing the viewer to explore the physical environment and discover new perspectives and information.
The forms the works take are often unknown at inception; beginning with site visits and research, 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. Coincidence plays a creative role in his practice; chance encounters with places, people or materials inform the development of the work, creating sculpture that responds to the varied perspectives people have of their locations and the events that shape them.
'I've been following Rich's practice since seeing his highly impressive work at CUBE in Manchester in 2008. His installations are often physically imposing forms that are unique in their raw materiality and truthfulness, forms that challenge how space is physically and socially produced within both the gallery and urban environment.'
Jack Welsh, jackwelsh.co.uk
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Research and installation.
Commissioned by Oriel Davies for Be Our Guest.
29 June - 4 September 2013
Installation using timber and blackout cloth.
Commissioned by g39 for Barnraising & Bunkers.
4 May - 29 June 2013
Installation using found materials.
Commissioned by Motorcade/FlashParade for Bread & Roses, Bristol.
1 - 3 June 2012
Installation using rope and found objects.
Commissioned for Testbed 1, Battersea.
7-14 October 2011
Installation using scaffolding, netting, fake turf and existing statue.
Commissioned for Place, Space and Identity 3, Stoke-on-Trent.
24 June - 23 September 2011
Installation using found materials, timber and plasterboard.
Commissioned for Floor Plan at Phoenix, Brighton.
5 September - 11 October 2009
Installation using found timber and red oxide primer.
Commissioned by OSOP for Greyfriars Bus Station, Northampton.
7 - 28 June 2008
Installation using found materials.
Produced as part of FRED in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria.
28 September - 14 October 2007
Also included in VELOCITY, run by Folly.
11 October - 3 November 2007
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'Rich's approach to a physical environment, its context and history, alongside the desire to unpick and embrace the relationships people have with a location, is acutely perceptive, poignant and powerful. His interest in the individual as well as the collective perspective is reflected in his open and positive approach throughout his research but also in the creation of immersive environments for people to engage. His practice ultimately addresses the forgotten, hidden and the overlooked in a hugely intelligent and compelling way.'