Laura White
Double agents and great refusers

Solo Exhibition @theAgency
Preview 31 Oct 6-9pm, 1 Nov -12 Dec 2017

theAgency Gallery is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of works by the British sculptor Laura White in London. The exhibition title Double agents and great refusers makes a nod to Baudelaire’s notion of “amateur reason”. White’s expanded sculptural practice explores materials and objects with their inherent and contingent qualities. Reaching across multiple formal platforms the work takes place in stable forms and ephemeral gradations. White’s practice is a discursive negotiation of STUFF, involving performative interactions and reflections of process, tilting into the everyday and the politics of making.

“Research is an integral part of Laura’s practice, where she continually explores what it means to handle/come up against stuff, material and objects, thinking about how we use our hands, how a skill is acquired, the relationship between materials, hand and cognition, and the rich experience of understanding through direct hands on engagement.” She has been doing this through a number of different skill-based courses such as butchery, fish knife skills, sushi making, baking, bread making, glass blowing and blacksmithing.

White’s online platform Tenderfoot contains recordings of acquiring said skills, applying them in group settings and observes materials in day-to-day production and as a base for conversational discourse. It is this expansion into a collective engagement with production which position White’s sculptural explorations interestingly between the Art + Context philosophies of Nineties Conceptualism and the politics of production and consumption in the here and now. The openness to allow contextual contingency into personal intuitive processes makes Laura White’s approach to sculpture intriguing.

The solo exhibition Double agents and great refusers showcases a selection of White’s sculptural works including process-based pieces in an open-ended curation, which invites the audience to engage in the conversation.

the Agency. 66, Evelyn Street, London.SE8 5DD

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 'The Great Refuser: Pottery: throwing 25 hours, basket weaving 5 hours, taxidermy 7 hours, pottery: porcelain 6 hours, glassblowing 6 hours, experimental ceramics 24 hours, shoemaking 6 hours, blacksmithing 7 hours and dress making 0 hours.' Mixed media.      
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 'The Great Refuser: Pottery: throwing 25 hours, basket weaving 5 hours, taxidermy 7 hours, pottery: porcelain 6 hours, glassblowing 6 hours, experimental ceramics 24 hours, shoemaking 6 hours, blacksmithing 7 hours and dress making 0 hours.' Mixed media.      
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 'The Great Refusers', Detail.     
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 'The Great Refusers', Detail.     
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 'Rove' 2017. Mixed Media.      
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 'Rove' 2017. Mixed Media.      
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 'Gad'. 2016. Chamois leather and mixed media. 220 x 70 x 30cm.     
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 'Gad'. 2016. Chamois leather and mixed media. 220 x 70 x 30cm.     
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 'Gypsy 1' dough and jesmonite. 154 x 56 x 7cm. 2107 and 'Yo-yo 1' dough and rubber. 66 x 68 x 8cm. 2017     
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 'Gypsy 1'. Dough and jesmonite. 154 x 56 x 7cm. 2107     
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 'Gypsy 2'. Dough, wax and jesmonite. 137 x 60 x 8cm. 2017     
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 'We Can Have It All, No 3'. 2012. Mixed media. 119 x 51 x 49cm.     
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 'Messenger'. 2015. Plastics and dyed chamois leather. 117 x 44 x 37cm.     
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 'Rookie'. 2015. Plastic, chamois leather and mixed media. 142 x 115 x 62cm.      
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