Born in 1971 in Deep River, CT. Lives in New York, NY.
The simple yet profound ways in which humans assert their presence has been a central theme for White for some time. How do we decide which marks are accidental and which are virtuosic; what marks belong in art history and who gets credit for them; which marks belong to specific spheres such as advertising, graffiti, and kitsch; and which marks transcend classification? There is a sense of balancing high and low, humor and seriousness, perhaps even life and death, that pervades all of the works.Many of the signs and symbols that repeat in White’s work are ubiquitous and mutable in culture at large. Recognizable imagery—pixelated hearts, rainbows, and peace signs— have mass culture origins in everything from Lisa Frank stickers to weather apps, drawing out notions of lost innocence (a pixel heart, for example, represents a “life” in video games).
Wendy White lives and works in New York City. She holds a BFA from the Savannah College of Art and Design and a MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University. Her exhibitions include EXPEDITION at The Brattleboro Museum and Art Center (2021); American Idyll at SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA (2018); The World’s Game: Fútbol and Contemporary Art, curated by Franklin Sirmans and Jennifer Inacio, at Perez Art Museum, Miami (2018); Loves, Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta, GA (2018); The Art Show: Art of the New Millenium in Taguchi Art Collection, The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma, Japan (2016); Taguchi Hiroshi Art Collection: A Walk around the Contemporary Art World after Paradigm Shift, The Museum of Fine Arts, Gifu, Japan (2015); Futbol: The Beautiful Game, curated by Franklin Sirmans, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA (2014); and So Athletic, Kunstverein Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (2012). She has had solo exhibitions at Kaikai Kiki, Tokyo, JP; Leo Koenig Inc., New York, NY; Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, CA; Maruani Mercier, Brussels, BE; Van Horn, Düsseldorf, DE, Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL; Galerie Jérôme Pauchant, Paris, FR; and Galeria Moriarty, Madrid, ES. White is the recipient of a Painting Fellowship from the New York Foundation for the Arts (2012) and a George Segal Painting Grant (2008). Her work was featured in Phaidon’s anthology Vitamin P2: New Perspectives in Painting (2011). White’s first solo museum exhibition is forthcoming at Museum Goch, Germany in July 2021.