Rich White is a sculptor, photographer and designer with a broad skill-set. He has exhibited his work, showing nationally and in mainland Europe, since 1998. He has also, since 2003, worked regularly as an artists' assistant performing such varied tasks as 3D and CAD drawing, and steel fabrication for major public art projects, making armatures, photographing in-progress and finished works, photo retouching, and website design and maintenance.
Rich is also Gallery Manager and Technician for Furtherfield in Finsbury Park, London.
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Further details of individual skills are listed below.
Rich is available for commissions or hiring as an assistant on your creative projects. Please view the contact page to get in touch.
Rich's current work involves physically altering (or appearing to alter) existing architecture in public and exhibition spaces. These architectural interventions are developed specifically for their location through research and site visits; responding to the architecture, history and current happenings in the area.
Through this he creates a narrative or story that he feels evokes the collective subconscious - a visual reference that seeks to provoke thoughts about the location by drawing on elements of the locale. The final work often takes a simple form or pattern of structure which is intended to resonate with the viewer through its unexpected familiarity.
The work is built on-site often from materials found or reclaimed in the vicinity and integrated into the existing architecture. Afterwards the materials are recycled or returned for reuse. This conveys a connection to its location and influences its development. The work is at the whim of the materials he can find and at the mercy of their limitations.
It is about making it work, about adapting ideas to changing situations, and creating an inspiring experience for the viewer which challenges their perception and causes them to question what they see.
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Rich has worked with a number of schools and community groups to introduce people, young and not-so-young, to developing and making sculpture. Planned programmes can be created to lead people through a process of learning, thinking and developing ideas which can then be turned into fully realised sculptures, while drawing and making skills are developed.
Rich has been involved with a number of projects looking at the role of the artist in urban regeneration, speaking about his work and methods, and discussing the broader concerns of being an artist in our current society.
More recently Rich has become an AIR Activist within AIR - Artists Interaction and Representation's advocacy programme, speaking out on behalf of artists' rights.
He has also been commissioned to write for a-n Magazine on issues around artists and the context for practice.
Recent published writings include an extract from 'State Of Practice' in the November issue of a-n magazine.
Rich White has gained invaluable experience working with the sculptors Andrew Sabin and Laura Ford.
For Sabin, Rich has assisted in the fabrication and installation of a number of large-scale public artworks. Skills utilised involved MIG welding, producing autoCAD plans and models for construction, and 3D modelling and digitally compositing photographs for presentation images.
For Ford, He has fabricated steel armatures for numerous figurative sculptures, welded steel frameworks and scaling up from maquettes. He has also provided studio photography of works which have been published in catalogues.
More recently Rich has produced maquettes and digital composites for public art proposals for the sculptor Annie Cattrell.
Further details of these individual skills can be found below.
Project visualisations and autoCAD
Rich has assisted with the fabrication and installation of a number of public realm artworks for Andrew Sabin. These include: Bridges and viewing platform for the Wandle Trail, Bracknell Calibrated Cycle Ramp and steel elements for The Coldstones Cut. He has also made armatures for large figurative sculptures for Laura Ford.
Rich is an experienced MIG welder and steel fabricator having worked not only on the artworks mentioned above but also on structural steelwork and architectural elements for building projects.
As well as the skills and experience listed above Rich is also:
• An experienced art lecturer.
• Mural painter.
• A trained picture framer.
• An experienced forklift operator.
• An intermediate level IT technician.