John White, Between Walls
John White is an artist whose practice is infused by the wonders of discovery and history – that which has shaped and influenced our world. He likens this diverse subject matter to how his life has taken many paths, and believes that his heritage, working career and education have all stemmed from his relationship as an artisan with the tools of his trades and practices.
This piece evokes my personal experience working in the construction industry. We think of our walls as structural identities with a simplistic purpose. This work explores the sculptural and architectural splendour of a construction material visually hidden between our walls.
Looking at the world through the wonders of the industrial revolution, Between Walls extracts the simplicity of the RSJ or I-beam to reveal the cornerstone of the world’s most impressive constructions, that have emerged from the ground to unbelievable heights. John threads these ideas through his sculptural works and artistic practice, both of which encompass his passion for craftsmanship and making.
Graduating with a BVA in glass with Honours from ANU School of Art & Design, John maintains a studio at the Canberra Glassworks. His accomplishments since graduating have been significant; include being awarded the 2015 Ausglass Vicki Torr prize for a solo exhibition at Sabbia Gallery in 2017; being a finalist both in 2016 National Emerging Art Glass Prize and Hindmarsh Prize; and in 2016 being awarded the first Asialink reciprocal residency between Canberra Glassworks and Toyama Japan, which included a solo exhibition at the Toyama Museum of Glass.