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Watie White’s new exhibit consists of two separate bodies of work, each with individual and vital ties to this community and to KANEKO. Both projects are rooted in the process of woodcut printmaking, a reductive process that begins with a flat piece of wood into which the white of an image is carved. White’s newest project is the presentation of 4 of the largest woodcut panels he has ever created, all containing moments the artist himself experienced and which hold secrets woven in.
Also presented are a series of large prints from 100 People, a public art project which White began in January of 2017. This project features friends and collaborators of White’s who advocate for others, who bring joy with their practices and whose lives are intertwined with the ethics and generosity they display to their communities and the world.
Born in Palo Alto, CA, Watie White was raised in a transplanted family of cultural anthropologists in very rural Southern Illinois. Watie learned early the power of the stories we tell and the long term effect of being heard. The diverse work produced by his studio is known for being site-specific and highly collaborative, deeply skilled, and rife with hidden absurdity.
Watie received degrees from Carleton College (BA 1993), School of the Art Institute of Chicago (BFA 2001), and American University (MFA 2003), has attended multiple International residencies and sustained an obsessive studio practice since 1996.
In Omaha, Nebraska since 2006, his work has embraced studio-based painting and printmaking as well as a socially engaged public art practice incorporating local communities, nonprofits, and multiple school districts. Learn more about Watie White
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