Foe: an Installation by Wayne White

WHAT: a cardboard sculpture installation by Wayne White
WHERE: Marketview Arts, York College Gallery (3rd floor) 37 W. Philadelphia Street, York PA
WHEN: April 4 - May 20, 2014, Monday through Saturday, 10am-4pm

We took a quick road trip to York, PA this weekend to see an exhibit by the artist Wayne White. Wayne White is best known for his work as a puppeteer and set designer for Pee Wee's Playhouse. Remember that show? He also art-directed Peter Gabriel’s music video "Big Time." I didn’t know his name at the time, but as an art student in college, I saw his work everywhere, and it was very influential to me. 

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The focus of the show is the Civil War. White chose this topic to tie into York’s local history and specifically the invasion of York by General Jubal Early and his Confederate soldiers. The scale and detail of this show is incredible. Cubist-inspired figures loom 20 feet above. 

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And yet the simplest details were equally entertaining. 

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A few of the sculptures are actually giant puppets, with ropes to pull that control their movement.

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This show has to be one of the best gallery shows I have seen in a long time. It’s not one to miss and I am sure my entire family would agree. That might be what I loved best about the show. It’s so accessible, yet smart. It practically begs you to start playing with shapes and forms. It left us itching to empty the recycling bin and see what we could make.