WHITE POST, VA — White Post Studio, Inc., a new design studio and art gallery in Virginia’s verdant Shenandoah Valley, will open June 3, 2023. International artist and designer Nanu Al-Hamad (Whitney Biennial, Salone del Mobile Milano, Mitchell-Innes & Nash, etc.) converted this historic railroad warehouse into a countryside hub for contemporary art, design, and assorted creative endeavors. Forthcoming exhibitions include a midsummer group show of local artists, the solo showcase of Carlo Cittadini, a Brooklyn-based painter, and, in the inaugural show this June, an exhibition of Al-Hamad’s new and experimental work.
As a gallery, artist residency, and regional nonprofit, White Post Studio careens forward in an experimental approach to gallery dealings — a direct challenge to both the artist and the collector. The gallery abides by three “commandments” as its foundational pillars:
- Your money’s no good here.
- Art may only be acquired by essay, trade, or direct donation to the artist.
- Unacquired artwork will be destroyed on the last day of the exhibition.
Artists at White Post Studio will have full control of artwork acquisition, with an emphasis on nonmonetary exchange; otherwise, the artwork risks destruction. Collectors who cannot or will not afford a donation may provide a nonmonetary exchange; those who can are encouraged to acquire work more aggressively, saving it from destruction. These principles create a pointed conversation about the commerce of art and the role of artist and collector.
“Cerulean Sleeper,” White Post Studio’s premiere exhibition, is an experimental departure for artist Nanu Al-Hamad. In exploring the creation of a new material, these works utilize cement, paint, canvas, found items, and specified objects to create wall sculptures and conceptual furniture. In “Cerulean Sleeper,” Al-Hamad attempts, admittedly in vain, to freeze moments in time and convert them into something concrete. The material’s rapid curing process minimizes the time allowed to capture a creation. These fleeting flashes of actualization force a method that is grounded equally in careful planning and careless improvisation.
The Artist & Owner: Nanu Al-Hamad is an artist and designer recently transplanted to White Post, Virginia, via Kuwait, California, and New York City. Al-Hamad’s practice is a unique hybrid of interlocking art collective GCC, of which he is a founding member, and POWERHOUSE, a concept design duo. Al-Hamad’s work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; Storefront for Art and Architecture, NY; Swiss Institute, NY; Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris; Sharjah Art Foundation, UAE; Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; New Museum, NY; MoMA PS1, NY; Contemporary Art Platform, Kuwait; Sultan Gallery, Kuwait; Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler, Berlin; Project Native Informant, London; Mitchell-Innes & Nash, NY; and design fairs ICFF, Downtown Design Dubai, and Salone del Mobile.
“Cerulean Sleeper” runs from June 3 to July 16, 2023, with an opening reception June 3, 5 to 7 p.m. For press inquiries or appointments, email [email protected]
Posted on: May 11, 2023