The White artworks from Rauschenberg and some artists

Yi Jeong Koh
Oct 8, 2014 2:47PM

There are series of White painting from Robert Rauschenberg in 1951, which are one or multiple panels of white painted ground. He created this painting to show the changes of reflection in the light and the effects of shadows from surrounding. Contrastively, this work was not used any ordinary found object like the other works using mix media.

Rauschenberg led the abstract expressionism by using mix media. He had done various works of three-dimensional collages, which he called “Combines”. He also said, “I think a painting is more like the real world if it’s made out of the real world. Most of his works are mixture of different materials with variety of colors and textures; however, this exhibition will search for three-dimensional unusual style of works from Rauschenberg and some artists that have a dominant color of using white.

 There is also a similar artwork that he used white.  Sant’ Agnese (Venetian) is one of his three-dimensional works, which includes mosquito net, wood chairs, and corked glass jugs. White is a dominated color of the work, and the hanging net on the middle creates an expression of a canvas, which has painted chair on the each side.

Ryan Gander is a conceptual artist who explore his personal experiences. He made a series of I is…, and it is a cloth covering an object underneath. The artworks covering different objects, and making different shapes, lines and shadows.

Rafael DÍaz also used a cloth to cover a man’s whole body in his work, Antiretrovirals Exitus XIV. The transparency of the cloth helps to see how the man is lying on the floor.

Puzzle 1+2 from Joanne Howard used the digital printed cardboard making a puzzle, and used most of the backside of white pieces to fill out. Consequently, viewers could only see the outline shape of a person who wears a hat.

Yi Jeong Koh