White’s work is astonishing yet delicate, and this demanded no ordinary way of lighting to visualize the power of his sculpture.
In order to experience the very undefined quality of his work and not overstating the sculptural existence, the use of direct spotlight from the gallery was pared down. Each art work was gently lit by a cool white LED source, either carefully placed near the sculpture with minimum visual distraction; or concealed within the sculpture itself. Each subtly illuminated sculpture captures the viewers’ attention along their journey, expressing its individual story.
The centre piece, The Story of Owl (2007), comprises a freestanding, framed pane of glass bearing the faint, greasy imprint of an owl with its wings outstretched. The print was left by the unfortunate creature itself when it flew, directly into a patio window. The barely visible imprint is quietly revealed by a small moon-white LED light suspended from the ceiling, unleashing the mystical presence of a ghostly silhouette in the dark gallery space.