Nicole White is an artist, curator, historian, and writer. Currently, she is a Photography Lecturer in the School of Art & Visual Studies at the University of Kentucky. Recent exhibitions include: Mutual Ruins, Heaven Gallery, Chicago, IL (2014), High Tide, Dossier Outpost, New York, NY (2014), and Process of Subtraction, Chicago Art Department, Chicago, IL (2013). White has several upcoming exhibitions including Immediate Experience at the Contemporary Art Center in Peoria, IL and Capturing Light at the Living Arts & Science Center in Lexington, KY. She is also guest curating for Zephyr Gallery’s Project Series this fall.
I’m never sure if I am a photographer, yet I work solely with photography. Its complex relationship with art and commerce, its democratic nature, and its proliferation throughout society in a multitude of forms are what keep me actively engaged with the photographic image. Perhaps I am a photographer at some level, but I’ve never been able to define where I stand in relation to the medium. I’m constantly shifting my position…or maybe it is. I think ‘off’ the photograph in hopes that the image becomes clearer.
“If we confined ourselves to terms that referred directly or centrally to the physical object we would be confined to concepts like large, flat, pigments on panel, red and yellow and blue, perhaps image. We would find it hard to locate the sort of interest the picture really has for us. We talk and think ‘off’ the object rather as an astronomer looks ‘off’ a star, because acuity or sharpness are greater away from the centre.”
-Michael Baxandall, Patterns of Intention
To view more of Nicole’s work please visit her website.