Additional works consider loss of context inherent to the internet, as well as cell phone games which claim ‘soothing’ as a genre, offering users the opportunity to sculpt virtual pots and vases. White contemplates the otherworldly beauty of the CGI colors while also thinking about the under-examined relationship between art and coping mechanisms.
“I think [the paintings are] about a relationship between two things: the immediate details of everyday life, the minutiae of schedules and repetitions; and the endless expanse of future time, which we’re increasingly averse to contemplating. The future is (to say the least) difficult to imagine right now: our models either don’t seem to predict very well, or what they predict is very, very bad. Perhaps the paintings are an effort to help the viewer (and me) imaginatively project a possible everyday onto an unimaginable future. That way, we’re better suited to act with compassion and courage to make this future somewhat better.” - Roger White
Roger White (b. 1976, Salem, OR) earned a BA from Yale University, New Haven, CT and an MFA from Columbia University, New York, NY. White has been featured in exhibitions at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, ME; Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC; Boston University Art Gallery, Boston, MA; and Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; among many others. The artist, in collaboration with Dushko Petrovich, was included in the 2013 deCordova Biennial at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA. He is the co- founder of the contemporary art journal and publishing imprint Paper Monument and is also the author of The Contemporaries, published by Bloomsbury in 2015. White is included in permanent collections of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH; and The University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Chicago, IL. White is also represented by Grice Bench, Los Angeles, and LABOR, Mexico City, and lives and works in Vermont.