During September 11-22 September 2017 Anthony White was a participant in the International Painting Symposium at the Mark Rothko Art Centre in Latvia.
The Symposium draws from both international and European-based artists and will take place at the Mark Rothko Art Centre at the Arsenale Fortress, in Daugavpils, Latvia – the town of Rothko’s birth.
The residency at the Mark Rothko Art Centre provides artists with a unique opportunity to participate in a transcultural experience in order to critically engage with ideas central to Abstract Expressionist visual arts practice and theories. The symposium provides a space to explore and debate the role and purpose of contemporary art.
The residency and symposium allow for time and provide a fertile environment within which to generate new ideas and works, while also sharing his practise with new audiences and fellow artists.
Two works created by White during the residency will be acquired by the Mark Rothko Art Centre and displayed in the permanent collection.
White’s recent work considers collision points, shifts and ruptures at the site of geopolitical and cultural boundaries, particularly in relation to global immigration crises. Echoing Edward Said’s identification of “the inextricable links” between Modernism, war and immigration, White’s works are often characterised by an awareness of surface and a preoccupation with physicality and the found object.
A dominant area of research in his work is concerned with the phenomenon of Empires and the proposition of questions such as: How do empires construct narratives to promote and propagate ideology? How are notions of ownership tied to a European point of view? And how can visual artists engage with communities meaningfully whilst addressing these issues?
The works made during the symposium are a direct reaction to my lived experience in Europe, and at a more nuanced level in dialogue with the place, the reflections on Rothko himself and his use of colour as a vehicle to consider deeper aspects of humanity. Of particular interest to me is the sense one gets from his works about the inherent relationship between his use of colour and notions of human rights. What drew me to the Centre was to research how Rothko gave equal importance to both painting as a physical endeavour, as well as a philosophical enquiry.
As a contemporary cultural art centre, the Daugavpils Mark Rothko Art Centre hosts exhibitions dedicated to Mark Rothko’s artwork and biography. The Centre has a schedule of rotating exhibitions featuring well-known international and national artists, as well as historical and social history exhibitions.
The final symposium exhibition, including White’s work, will open at the Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, on 22 September 2017.
For more information see website at http://www.rothkocenter.com/en
Anthony White (b.1976 Sydney, Australia)
Lives and works in Paris,France and has exhibited widely over the past decade with solo exhibitions in Sydney, Melbourne, Paris and Hong Kong. White has also been regularly curated into group exhibitions focusing on Contemporary Australian Painting internationally.
White has been awarded a number of private and public commissions and residencies, including a residency at the Spinnerei in Leipzig, Germany (2010) and The Paris Studio at La Cite Internationale Des Arts, Paris (2009). During 2007 he was the recipient of The Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship to the United States of America. These international projects have been influential to the development of this body of work, which was surveyed in an exhibition at Le Pave D’Orsay, Paris (2014).