Johnny White makes interactive kinetic sculptures and Amanda Wray likes working with clay, stone, and sometimes mosaics to produce figurative pieces. They have frequently worked collaboratively on art projects since 1995.
Johnny and Amanda have been working on some new interactive pieces for their forthcoming Arts Council funded touring exhibition Human Machines which will open at 20-21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe this July and tour nationally for a couple of years (at least).Tour schedule to follow later but here are a couple of images of their Midlife Crisis Bagatelle to be going on with.
2 new Easter Island bath tub heads have now joined the 2 from last year to populate the island at this years Deer Shed Festival. They all have flashing eyes and broom head monobrows.
Johnny is making the marble race for the science tent this year, and a further head will be incorporated in that with the marble run tubes passing through it in the form of some kind of mad scientist sci-fi laboratory.
Johnny’s all seeing 3 eyed tree for GBSG Security is complete and soon to be permanently installed in Donington Lincolnshire. In this photo the cameras aren’t in the eyes, a short video of the eyes moving will follow shortly.
Johnny’s exhibition, Machinations, is now open at Farleys Farm, Muddles Green Sussex (the home of British Surrealism). The indoor exhibition is open until May 13th and the outdoor pieces will be there until the autumn.
Here is a snap of Having a Whale of a Time in the grounds, a video of the brand new whale actions will follow shortly on Johnny’s You Tube channel. The shoal of fish now wiggle actuated by the handle of our old coffee plunger and the spout and eyes are now powered by a hand cranked generator.
Johnny has finally worked out how to get the eyes in his All seeing Tree for GBSG Security into place and swivelling. It has been a struggle for him as he had to work out how to do it all from the outside of the tree as he can’t get into it like he did with the maquette. Just a few more days work and it will be ready for the great outdoors.
‘Nehctik’ an exhibition curated by UCA students. Based on the concept of ‘Kitchen Heterotopia’. Following in the footsteps of Martha Rosler’s ground-breaking Semiotics of the Kitchen. Nehctik turns the tables on the concept of the ‘heart of the home’ into a dishevelled post-party kitchen. Showing smorgasbord of artworks from contributing artists Alastair Peat, Johnny White, Eleanor Arnold, Beatrice Lee Knowles, Isaac Carnell-Mckean and performance written by Amelia Beavis Harrison.
Amanda and Johnny have been asked to exhibit, select and organise the curated exhibition at Wirksworth Festival in 2018 and are currently lining up artists to exhibit alongside themselves at the Parish Rooms, Church and around town. They plan to put together the most accessible and engaging show the town has seen for a while, so watch this space!