I Took Off Work and Came All The Way Down Here


With three Emmy's and numerous other awards to his name, Wayne White displays his unique artistic mind through visually stunning, larger than life three-dimensional word paintings. 
 

     The Opening Reception for “I Took Off Work and Came All The Way Down Here” is Friday, June 6, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. General admission is $10 or $5 with Military ID/ Student ID. Nibbles and Cash Bar available with music provided by The Seratones.

     In Wayne White’s newest exhibition art artspace, “I Took Off Work and Came All The Way Down Here”, White displays his unique artistic mind through visually stunning, larger than life three-dimensional word paintings. These painstakingly integrated words are his exploration of the language of painting and the sanctity of humor. White adds a fantasy element to his new exhibition with three of his signature puppets towering from floor to ceiling.

     Art enthusiasts will also have a chance to meet Wayne White. Born and raised in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Wayne has used his memories of the South to create inspired works for film, television, and the fine art world. White has become popular for his design work for hit television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, and seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Tonight, Tonight' and Peter Gabriel's 'Big Time’. For more about Wayne White, visit www.waynewhiteart.com.

     “I Took Off Work and Came All The Way Down Here” is open June 6 to August 2, 2014 in Mainspace @ artspace. Regular business hours @ artspace are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, Noon to 5 p.m. Admission to artspace exhibitions is free.

UNSCENE! with Wayne White: Puppet Parade

     White comes to Shreveport for a six-week artist residency through the Shreveport Regional Arts Council’s UNSCENE! during which he will work with a team of local artists to create a large-scale puppet parade for the July installment of UNSCENE! on July 12. For the puppet parade, White combines his artistic skills and personal love of country music and the Louisiana Hayride to honor the historic Shreveport music radio program and artists of the era.

     UNSCENE! is a monthly event series launched in October 2013 that incorporates national and local artists’ works, live performances, arts markets, food vendors and more to create a festival-like happening. The goal of the series is to debut the innovative look, feel, tastes, smells, and sounds of Shreveport Common, a 9-block arts district in downtown Shreveport. The Residency Artists’ Series is underwritten by grants from two national “Creative Placemaking” organizations: the National Endowment for the Arts, ARTPLACE AMERICA, and the Community Foundation of North Louisiana. Sponsors include BHP Billiton, KSLA News 12, Louisiana Lottery, Eagle Distributing, Aggreko, The Times, AEP Swepco, National Endowment for the Arts, ArtPlace America, The Community Foundation, City of Shreveport, Caddo Parish and SPAR.

     For more about UNSCENE! with Wayne White, visit www.unsceneshreveport.com.   

About Wayne White

     Wayne White is an American artist, art director, illustrator, puppeteer, and much, much more. White has worked in New York City as an illustrator for the East Village Eye, New York Times, Raw Magazine, and the Village Voice. In 1986, Wayne became a designer for the hit television show Pee-wee’s Playhouse, and his work was awarded with three Emmys. After traveling to Los Angeles with his wife, Mimi Pond, Wayne continued to work in television and designed sets and characters for shows such as Shining Time Station, Beakman’s World, Riders In The Sky, and Bill & Willis. He also worked in the music video industry, winning Billboard and MTV Music Video Awards as an art director for seminal music videos including The Smashing Pumpkins' 'Tonight, Tonight' and Peter Gabriel's 'Big Time.'

     More recently, Wayne has had great success as a fine artist and has created paintings and public works that have been shown all over the world.

His most successful works have been the world paintings featuring oversized, three-dimensional text painstakingly integrated into vintage landscape reproductions. The message of the paintings is often thought-provoking and almost always humorous, with Wayne pointing a finger at vanity, ego, and his memories of the South. www.waynewhiteart.com

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