James White

Max Wigram Gallery

Surveying the flotsam and jetsam of his own daily life, British painter James White catalogues objects that occupy interstitial space, the remnants of activity or the harbingers of things to come. In the painting cycle “The Rough with the Smooth” (all works 2008) and the series “Relationships,” White demonstrates sensitivity to the ways in which functional artifacts assume a fuzzy symbolism when looked at with a certain rigor (his rendering is close to Photorealist) and with a certain intensity (in this case, cool but exacting).

The arrangements of “The Rough with the Smooth” look convincingly unconsidered—the kinds of arbitrary compositions that might result from a shutter released accidentally. In The Sink, for example, a plug chain is draped over a paint roller while a rubber glove lies crumpled next to the tap; the tiled white wall behind is streaked and flecked with moisture. The harsh

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