When artists fall in love with a particular movie it is maybe because of the color scheme, the characters, the story. In James White's case, it's the backgrounds: the ice ridges and mountains of Hoth, the forests of Endor or Oregon in First Blood or the Amazonian jungles of Predator, the deserts of Tatooine or the arid plains of Texas in No Country for Old Men, even the pre-human wasteland of 2001: A Space Odyssey. In his latest pieces for his solo show "Celscapes" at the Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, the landscapes get vast, vibrant, almost feral in the way it swallows and reduces its human inhabitants to shadows.
In his art statement for the show White notes:
"Here is the full spread of 15 pieces I created for the show, inspired by the beautiful painted backgrounds of cartoons I watched as a kid. Scooby-Doo, Superfriends, Spider-man, Masters of the Universe… if you don’t know what I’m talking about please dig up some old episodes and scope those backgrounds. Wonderful stuff. So for this show, I wanted the background to be brought to the foreground."
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