Cosmo Whyte

  • High Tide , 2009 , 40" x 60" , C-print , $1200

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  • Heirloom , 2009 , 60" x 72" , C-print , $2000

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  • Nkisi, 2009 , 2009 , 4' x 3' , c-print, edition of 4 , $1200

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  • High Tide , 80" x 54" , Charcoal, mixed media on paper

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  • High Tide , 80" x 54" , Charcoal, mixed media on paper

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  • High Tide , 80" x 54" , Charcoal, mixed media on paper

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  • Divination , 60" x 84" , Graphite, silver leaf on clayboard

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  • Rite of Passage , 60" x 84" , Graphite, silver leaf on clayboard

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  • Harnest , 60" x 42" , Charcoal, black glitter on paper

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  • Inertia , 60" x 42" , Charcoal, black glitter on paper

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CV:

EDUCATION

  • Cornwall College High School
  • Bennington College BFA Painting
  • Maryland Institute College of Art for the Post Baccalaureate

EXHIBITIONS

  • 2010 Forwards Arts Foundation Solo Show, Swan Coach House Gallery – Atlanta, GA
    • 2010 "Art Fresh" Mutual Life Gallery- Kingston, Jamaica

    • 2009 "Three Visions, Three Thoughts" Southwest Art Center Gallery - Atlanta, GA

    • 2009 "Art Fresh" Mutual Life Gallery - Kingston, Jamaica

  • 2009 “Small Works Show” Swan Coach House Gallery – Atlanta, GA
  • 2009 “Me, Myself and Eye” B Complex Gallery – Atlanta, GA
  • 2009 “Summer guest House” Marcia Wood Gallery – Atlanta, GA
  • 2009 “Small Redux” Agnes Scott College’s Dalton Gallery – Atlanta, GA
  • 2008 “Pepper Pot” UNC Chapel Hill - Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery - Chapel Hill, NC
  • 2007 “Maryland Young Area Painters”
    Still Life Gallery - Ellicot City, MD
  • 2007 “ArteFeria: Rutas y Raices” 
    CEFATI Gallery – Portobelo, Panama
  • 2007 “Icosahedrons”
    Maryland Institute College of Art – Baltimore, MD
  • 2006 “STV Show” 
    Bennington College Art Gallery – Bennington, VT
  • 2006 “Senior Show 06
    Bennington College Art Gallery – Bennington, VT
  • 2005 “SILO Juried Show” 
    Bennington College Art Gallery – Bennington, VT
  • 2004 Juried Studio Arts Center International (SACI) Show
    Studio Arts Center International Gallery - Florence Italy

AWARDS

  • 2nd Place Winner Photography Show “Me Myself and Eye”.
  • 2009 Winner of The Forward Arts Foundation Emerging Artist Award

Statement:

My most current projects deal with the idea of memory, both individual and communal, and myths, those newly created and inherited.   

One theme that I explore to investigate these ideas is that of death and its’ ceremonies.  I am interested in the juxtaposition of the private and ritualistic aspects of funerals and their simultaneously public and performative elements.  I am fascinated by the notion of communal grief, whether it is among an extended family, village or nation.  How do the sacred ceremonies around death conflict with our everyday conscious and the instinctual denial of death that happens in our subconscious?  My aim is to make the viewer aware of their position as both a voyeur and participant. 

Sacred spaces, in my work, can be both physical and mental, real and imagined.  Memory, the vehicle through which we combat death, plays a key role in the way my artistic narratives unfold.  Whether it be through the fading edges of a charcoal drawing, or the collage of culture specific imagery on a time traveling car, my work attempts to take the viewer backwards and forwards through the timeline of memory, both remembered and invented.   

I investigate these themes using oil painting, video animation, photography, site-specific installations, collage, sculpture and drawings.