September 2nd – 23rd | Opening Reception September 2nd, 1– 9 PM
COOP is pleased to present Temple of My Familiar by Gary White. White’s work shares a multi-ethnic viewpoint highlighting less heard history and figures. Gary’s work revolves around capturing moments of the past and present with inspiration stemming from histories, lifeways, ancestors, tribal traditions, folklore, and religious practices to create hybrid archetypes. These Archetypes become personal expressions of identity, time, place, and lifeways of the old and new South. The sculptures transport the viewer back in time to revisit the past and ponder the present. These characters become guardians, guides, and storytellers. Within them hold metaphorical memory, archived experiences, and wisdom.
More about the Artist
Gary White, a native of Nashville, earned a Bachelor’s degree from Watkins College of Art and Design in 2011. He earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the University of Tennessee Knoxville in 2022. Learn more about White on Instagram: @gary.white.claygriot.