“With all of my work I am very interested in space – sculpture is always about spatial arrangement. It’s about relationships between people and things, being aware of your own body….I like objects being something other than sculptures.”
Laura White creates three dimensional entanglements of forms in which interactions are paramount.
Research is an integral part of White’s practice – she continually explores what it means to handle and come up against stuff, material and objects – how we use our hands, how a skill is acquired, the relationship between materials, hand and cognition, and the rich experience of understanding through direct engagement. In the recent past she has learnt meat skills, glass-blowing, sushi-making, shoe-making, basketmaking, and blacksmithing; “it is important for me to explore as the maker and communicate to the viewer a material engagement where the works suggest a human physical interaction, such as an object that can be used yet is untried or unrecognisable.”
The objects she makes from everyday and ready available materials, such as bread-dough, clay and expanding foam appear on one hand familiar, but equally strange and anomalous like prototypes or hybrids. White Mud, a recent installation of a hundred hand-made porcelain objects, fused everyday items such as plastic washing-up bottles squidged and squashed with precious museum collectables.
Things are explored both as material stuff and anthropological signifiers; a negotiation with the world of stuff, interactions with materials and objects. White has expanded this core aspect of her practice through her website TENDERFOOT, an online artwork featuring her writing on materiality, workshops and events – and in which invited writers, researchers, artists and other practitioners showcase new material and digital work.
The Clever Girl Painter, Tintype, London
Laura White: The Esque Collection, The Dean’s Chapel, Worcester Cathedral (part of The Precious Clay: Porcelain in contemporary art, at Museum of Royal Worcester)
Double agents and great refusers, theAgency Gallery London, UK
The MALAHITE Room. Gallery Cadaqués, Cadaqués, Spain.
We Can Have It All, SPACEX, Exeter, UK.
For living, for loving, for loathing, Pollen, Monflanquin, France.
Anxious Glory. Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. (Commission)
Chromodomo: Laura White. Scratching Walls and Sticky Décor. The Wall House #2, Groningen, Netherlands. Series of 3 Solo shows. Other artists – Erwin Wurm and Spencer Finch.
If I had a monkey I wouldn’t need a TV – Part 2, Carter Presents, London, Exhibition and Book Launch (Pub. Laura White: The Stuff of Images)
If I had a monkey I wouldn’t need a TV. Castlefield Gallery, Manchester. Exhibition and Book Launch. (Pub. Laura White: The Stuff of Images.)
Powwow. Gallery-33, Berlin.
Into the Cold Light. Transition Gallery, London.
Laura White: New Work. Firstsite Gallery, Colchester, Essex.
The Precious Clay: Porcelain in Contemporary Art, Museum of Royal Worcester. Commissioned by Meadow Arts. Sept 2018 – March 2019. Other artists: Christine Borland, Edmund de Waal, Rachel Kneebone, Edward Chell, Jessica Harrison and Matteo Nasini.
As Much About Forgetting. Viborg Kunsthal, Denmark. Other artists: David Toop (UK), Pilvi Takala (FI), Michael Schultze (DE), John Russell (UK), Lea Torp Nielsen (DK), Sophus Ejler Jepsen (DK), Lara Eggleton & David Steans (UK), Jette Gejl (DK), TC McCormack (UK), Michelle Atherton (UK). Sept – Nov 2018.
Seated. San Mei Gallery, London. July 2018.
The Superorganism. Gallery Box, Gothenburg, Sweden. Other artists: Aganetha Dyck, Anja Carr, Dominique Rey, Linda Tedsdotter, Yngvild Saeter.
NOLAS, Laura White and Jessie Flood-Paddock. Cubitt Studio 5, London.
Cruel and Tender, (Vacuous Gallery.) Studio One Gallery, London. Artists include: Corinna Spencer, James Pyman and Kate Lyddon.
WAYFARING. & Model, Leeds. Artists: Laura White, Michelle Williams, Gamaker, Kreider and O’Leary, Zoë Mendelson. Curated by Laura White.
It’s your birthday: Cubitt 25 years. Darbyshire, London.
The Flat Pack Session. Best Practice at Delta House Studios, London. Artists: Jake Clark, Laura White, Paul Housley, Martin Newth and Michael Samuels.
A Colorful World. Nanjing International Art Exhibition, Nanjing China.
Morphisisation. APT, London. Curated by Ben Woodeson. Artists included: Michael Samuels, Ruth Claxton, Susan Collis.
More Than I Dare to Think About: works with paper. Marlborough Contemporary, London.
London Utd. Kling&Bang, Reykjavik, Iceland. Artists: Dominic from Luton, Laura White, Mark Titchner, Gavin Turk and Peter Lamb.
Couriers of Taste: contemporary artists explore consumerism and trade.Part of the Sinopticon Project. Danson House, London.
Cowboy Style. Marlborough Contemporary, London. Artists: Werner Büttner, Psychoanal YSL, Agnieszka Brzezanska, Pamela Golden, Laura White.
New Foragers. Collyer Bristow Gallery, London.
SINOPTICON. contemporary chinoiserie in contemporary art. First phase: Plymouth: Saltram House National Trust, Plymouth Arts Centre, Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery & Plymouth College of Art.
Perfume on Violets. Blyth Gallery, Imperial College, London.
The Shapes Game: its hard to take your eyes off it. Laura White and Peter Fillingham. Carter Presents, London.
The Perfect Nude.Touring: Wimbledon College of Art London, Phoenix Gallery Exeter and Charlie Smith, London. Curated by Dan Coombs & Phillip Allen.
Attempts to get inside the World. Lewisham Arthouse, London.
White Pratt from Luton. 34 Toynebee Street, London.
All Hail. Angus-Hughes Gallery, London.
Small Scale Survival. Aid&Abet, Cambridge.
Gilding the Lily. Transition Gallery, London.
Smaller than a lemon. ANJELIKA, High Wycombe, Berks. Curated by Danny Rolph.
The Jolly (Good) Show. Collyer Bristow Gallery, London.
Object as Subject. Stephen Lawrence Gallery, The University of Greenwich, London. 3 person show: including John Mitchell and McKenzie Bassant.
Sculpture Now. Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury.
The Future Can Wait. Charlie Smith Gallery. Old Truman Brewery,London.
The Earth Not a Globe 2. Rokeby, London. Curated by Dani Admiss and Dave Charlesworth.
Between my Finger and my Thumb. Curated by kobetsvasey. Schwartz Gallery, London.
Fault Line: Art in the Age of Anxiety. Nunnery Gallery, London. Curated by Sarah Elson.
STUFF. Presented by V22, London.
The Wharf Road Project: Don’t Open this Door if You Can’t Close it. artists: Alison Wilding, Phyllida Barlow, Bettina Buck and Laura White.
Suffragette City. 219 Bow Road, London. Video Screening curated by Sheena Macrea.
Unnatural Histories. Nunnery Gallery, London. Curated by Myriam Blundell.
The Famous, the Infamous & the Really Quite Good. Decima Gallery, London.
Play. Bearspace@The Cello Factory. London. Curated by Julia Alvarez
Intervention. Fieldgate Gallery, London.
Multicomplexificationalities. Nunnery Gallery, London. Curated by Roy Exley.
Eau Savage Part 2. Fieldgate Gallery, London.
Re-Formation. Projects at Christ Church, Spitalfields, London.
Grotto. Studio1.1 London.
Beauty and the Beast. Fieldgate Gallery, London.
Conjunction 06. Redgate Gallery, Brixton, London.
Small Works. VINEspace, London.
Art Car Boot Fair. The Old Truman Brewery, London.
Basement Screen. The Residence, London.
Kamikaze Blossom. Fieldgate Gallery, London.
Eau Savage. Lucy Mackintosh Gallery, Luasanne, Switzerland.
LPW VINEspace, London.
Altered Beast. Three Colts Gallery, London.
Basement Screen. BasementArtProject.com
Prussian Blue. Carter Gallery, London.
Yabadabadoo. Cell Project Space, London
For and From. Metropole Galleries, Folkestone.
Sculpture at Canterbury. Herbert Read Gallery, Canterbury.
We Have Left the City Gates. Nunnery Gallery, London. Curated by JJ Chalesworth.
Urban Formalism. Cortex Athletico and Museum of Contemporary Art Bordeaux, France.
Avecom Video Festival. Arnhem, Netherlands.
On the Road. Pro Arts project. California, USA.
Grottos. Video screening, Candid Projection Rooms, London.
Alma Enterprises video screening. London.
Pleasure Garden. Nottingham Castle, Nottingham.
Nowhere Else but Here. Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art, London.
Inter-mission. Bow Church London.
Imaging London. Houldsworth Gallery, London.
Amplifying Silence/Magnifying Stillness. Foundation D’Art
Contemporain Daniel & Florence Guerlain. France. Curated by RoyExley.
Lonely This Christmas. i-level, London. James Windsor Art.
Diversion. Museum of Garden History, London. Danielle Arnaud Contemporary Art.
Exposure. Standpoint Gallery, London. (Two person.)
Fair Charm and Foul Play. Deptford X, London.
Preface. International Biennale. The Hatton Gallery, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.
Museum of Installation Box Project. MOI London, Angel Row Gallery Nottingham, Turnpike Gallery Leigh, Unit 2 Gallery London Guildhall University, London.
Father Apollinaris Said. Vilma Gold, London.
The Ida Branson Memorial Bequest 98. Atkinson Gallery, Millfield, Somerset.
Sculpture 1. Economist Plaza, London.
Ikon Touring Exhibition. Birmingham.
Anxious Glory. Collective Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland. (Commission)
Collection Olor Visual, Barcelona, Spain
Commissions and Residencies (selected)
White Mud. Commissioned by Meadow Arts. http://www.meadowarts.orgExhibited at Museum of Royal Worcester as part of The Precious Clay, Sept 2018 – March 2019
POLLEN, Artistes en résidence à Monflanquin, France
Sandarbh Residency, Belper, Derbyshire, UK
Kleinsassen Art Gallery, Germany
Internationales Obernkirchener Symposium, Germany
23rd Iwate-Town International Residency, Japan
Sheffield Hallam University
Selected Public commissions
1996 Stenkrith Park, Kirby Stephen, Cumbria
1997 Sheffield Hallam University
1998 Bretby Crematorium, Burton-on-Trent
1998 Tamworth river bank commission