Eleanor White
December 19, 2008 – January 24, 2009
Opening Reception: Friday, December 19, 8–10 pm

Card Variations, 2005–08, scratched playing cards, 24 x 27 in. (61 x 29 cm)

Triton Gallery, LLC is pleased to present a solo exhibition by American artist Eleanor White. Her work involves using materials in unusual ways that push the boundaries of ones associations with them. White enjoys the psychological context that comes out of using familiar, found, and mass-produced materials. Obsessive repetition, and layering are often present in her work. Her recent series of scratched card drawings reflects her interest in using common objects, process, and found structures.

Jack of Spaces, 2005, scratched playing cards , 7 1/2 in. (19 cm) diameter

Queen of Diamonds, 2005, scratched playing cards, 7 in. (17.5 cm) diameter

All of White’s scratched card pieces are based on a labor-intensive process using a razor blade to scratch off portions of the image leaving behind some of the geometric patterns that she then joins together to create a kind of kaleidoscope or mandala. She titles the pieces according to which cards she uses. Conceptually, she considers the scratched card pieces to be drawings. Employing the use of the razor blade as a pencil mimics the actions one uses when creating a drawing only in reverse, removing as opposed to applying.

Circular Card drawings, 2008, scratched playing cards, drawing installation

Clubs, 2007, marker on playing cards, 30 x 30 in. (76 x 76 cm)

Both Clubs and Hearts involve the process of linking together numbers and symbols on the numerical cards using India ink. This creates a kind of web or structural pattern that dictates the overall composition of each piece. Clubs is dense in the center due to the higher numbered cards (10s, 9s, 8s) then it curls its way outward toward the edges. Unlike the scratched card pieces these drawings tend to grow in an organic way, spreading out to create all-over compositions. Hearts grows from its base upward, each heart connected to the one above it forming a flame-like form.

Hearts (flame), 2008, marker and ink on playing cards, 45 x 25 in. (114 x 64 cm)

Eleanor White received her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She is a 2007 New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship recipient in Drawing/Prints/Artists Books. She has exhibited at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art and the Stamford Museum in Connecticut, Van Brunt Gallery and Go North Gallery in Beacon, New York, and the Shore Institute of Contemporary Art in Long Branch, New Jersey. She has been awarded residencies at the Bemis Center of Contemporary Art in Omaha Nebraska, and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts in Sweet Briar, Virginia.

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