November is a bridge month - definitely fall, but also chilly enough to remind one of Winter's extreme temperatures. It's a lovely time for reflection and indoor activities, so what better opportunity than now to visit the studio of Mark White?
News and current events at Mark White Fine Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Mark White's wind sculptures have lots of fans - and go by lots of different names! Here are some we've heard:
- Wind vanes
- Wind art
- Weather vanes
- Wind chimes
- Wind catchers
- Wind talkers
What do you call them??
Sculptor Mark White has been making kinetic wind art for decades; over time, he's developed a style and creative practice all his own. Nevertheless, no artist works in a vacuum, and Mark is quick to acknowledge his creative influences.
The mobile sculpture of Alexander Calder is some of modern art's most immediately recognizable: delicate and finely balanced, Calder's quirkily shaped works respond to subtle shifts in wind currents. Mark admires Calder's use of bold shapes, which was a downright radical aspect of Calder's practice when initiated in the middle of the twentieth century.
George Rickey was an important pioneer in the field of kinetic or wind-driven artwork. His sculptures, often monumental in size, make use of geometric, clearly defined shapes, that nevertheless take on an organic, placid elegance as they move in the wind. It's work that is still feels conceptually cutting-edge, while it maintains an organic, peaceful visual effect.
Which artist are you most drawn to? Can you think of any others who remind you of Mark?
Mark White's painting Blue Waves I is a richly textured, boldly colored work made just a few weeks ago. Pasatiempo, the weekly magazine for the Santa Fe New Mexican newspaper, picked this painting to best illustrate Mark's current body.
We were thrilled to have Kenai Peninsula College purchase Mark White's "Water Ripples" fountain for display on their campus!
Preening, Mark White's waterfowl sculpture, has found a home! This bronze work is now part of a gorgeous water feature belonging to one of our clients in Southwestern North Carolina.
Here in Santa Fe, we don't take history for granted. As the oldest capital city in the country, Santa Fe is filled with important landmarks that reflect New Mexico's multi-faceted cultures and rich past. A great place to see the city as it was a hundred or more years ago is Canyon Road. Famous for its art galleries, the storied street was home to schools, bars, and dozens of private residences for generations. A bit of digging revealed that 414 Canyon Road - which is now Mark White Fine Art - is considered by some local historians as the oldest continually-inhabited building on all of Canyon! Read more on that here: Mark White Fine Art might be housed in the oldest building on Canyon Road!
From our clients in the south-central New Mexican town of Alamogordo (the city calls itself "The Friendliest City in the World"!):
After we purchased the Jellyfish sculpture, Alvin asked if we could send some pics once it was installed. So, here ya go. We love all 3.
Our home is in Alamogordo and is backed by wide open spaces and on frequent occasions, amazing skies. I’m not a professional photographer but I hope you get the idea with the few that I’m sharing with you.
Ken and Judy Allen
Thanks so much Ken and Judy! Your display is gorgeous.
What says fall like the warm, rich oranges and shimmery golds in the works above - two of Mark's very latest paintings. We've already hung them up...can you blame us?!
It's always a special treat to stumble across kind words from clients and visitors who take the time to write reviews of their experiences in our gallery. TripAdvisor.com has over 1,000 reviews of Canyon Road, where our gallery is located! Here are a few that specifically mention Yours Truly:
Thanks for the kind words, Tim, Jane, and Larry!
Many of our kinetic sculptures have names that reference flowers. Given their gentle, swaying motion in the wind, they naturally recall breeze-blown flowers. We thought we'd see just how similar the kinetic model is to the flower it's named for:
Our customers are the best in the world - in this case, quite literally! Rob from the Netherlands sent us the above picture of his newly installed kinetic Iris sculpture, and he gave us a history lesson too!
I promised to send you a picture of the kinetic sculpture Iris you sold us in November 2013.
Well, here she is, in our garden in Milsbeek, the Netherlands. She feels at home and happy and as we live close to Germany she is at least bilingual. Her Dutch is fluent and her German is on a high level. She is not forgetting her American native language, but it is getting a bit rusty. In the background you see a herd of cows and a hill. Behind that hill is Germany. About one mile from here is the place where on the 17th of September 1944 the 82nd Airborne Division under the command of General James Gavin landed. It is a historical place. I went to that place often when I worked as a guide in the nearby National Liberation Museum in Groesbeek, to show this site to visiting Americans.This is the place where operation Market Garden started...many Americans died during this operation. Among them were 48 soldiers who were killed when crossing the Waal river near Nijmegen´ about 9 miles from here, in canvas boats under heavy German fire. It was a very courageous operation. We now have an impressive monument that reminds us of these brave man. In 2013 a new bridge over the Waal river was opened. It is called ‘de Oversteek’. In English: "the Crossing." Special about this bridge is the lighting. It has 48 lamp-posts. Each and every night they are lit two by two in the tempo of a slow march, to commemorate those fallen 48 Americans, who came all the way from the US to liberate our country. After those 48 lamp-posts are lit, the rest of the lights in town are switched on.
Kindly, Rob P.
How cool is that?! We love stories and pictures from our clients. Send yours to email@example.com!
One of Mark's most popular works from his WE sculpture series is titled Homage to Grant Wood. Most people instantly recognize this quintessentially American pose - a couple side by side, the man holding a pitchfork aloft. The artist of the original painting is Grant Wood, who was born in Iowa and spent most of his life there.
Most people don't know that the painting was originally inspired by the building in the background, a Gothic-style farmland building. The painting shows a farmer standing beside his unmarried daughter, but in reality the woman pictured was Grant Wood's sister Nan, standing beside their family dentist, Dr. Byron McKeeby.
Mark White started his WE sculpture series in response to the political distinction of the "99%", signifying unequal wealth distribution in America and elsewhere. A clear parallel exists for Wood's portrait, which was made in the early days of the Great Depression.
We are thrilled with THE Magazine's coverage of our current show, Brainstorm!!
Colorado-based writer Lauren Tresp writes, "[jd Hansen and Javier Barbosa's] work meditates on the human psyche and experiment with the diverse abilities that color, form, and material have for communicating the internal worlds of human experience..." We couldn't agree more!!
Our sculpture garden has a brand-new addition: Cascading, a fountain constructed of perforated stainless steel. Water bubbles up and over the top of the piece, flowing in gentle rivulets around the circular body of the sculpture, and splashes gently onto stones below.
And here is another angle of Cascading, this time obscured slightly by shadows. It's remarkable to see how the holes in the stainless steel casing effect the water's movement, which catches and ripples over the textured metal surface on its descent to the ground.
Another hot and sunny, gorgeous July day...perfect for relaxing in our sculpture gardens!