Exhibition Dates: April 7 – 28, 2007
Location: Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia Street, New Orleans
Opening Reception: Saturday , 6 – 8 pm
Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Arthur Roger Gallery is pleased to present a major exhibition of recent mixed media works on paper by Edward Whiteman. The exhibition, which will occupy the gallery’s three exhibition spaces, opens April 7th and continues through April 28th, 2007 at the Arthur Roger Gallery, 432 Julia Street. The gallery will host an opening reception to meet the artist on Saturday, April 7th, from 6 to 8 pm.
Exploration is at the core of Edward Whiteman’s creative process. Drawing on ideas and motifs from the environment and from objects both natural and man made which are modified by time, weather and use, Whiteman constructs paintings from paper and canvas.
Whiteman achieves his unique surfaces by manipulating the material in every manner possible, soaking, crumbling and embedding the paper with color until a complete new object is born. His paper wall pieces unite simple yet powerful forms with seductive color. In Whiteman’s creations the paper does not function as a surface for the work but actually becomes the work itself. Materials and texture and muted color images integrated in the ground are the cornerstone of his work. The paper and canvas constructions fuse elements into commanding primal images.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Whiteman studied art at the Louisiana University in Lafayette. After residing in England and in New York, he moved to New Orleans. The artist was included in the 1975 Whitney Biennial and the 1975 New Orleans Museum of Art Biennial. He received a Ford Foundation Grant in 1980. In 1990 he was awarded a major grant from the Penny McCall Foundation. That same year Whiteman moved his studio from Uptown New Orleans to Covington.
Whiteman’s work is included in the collections of the Albright-Knox Gallery, the National Museum of Fine Arts, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the State of Louisiana and the Virlane Foundation in New Orleans.
For further information please call 504.522.1999 or visit the gallery web site: www.arthurrogergallery.com.