By Dennis Wheeler (exhibition opens at The White Gallery July 29, 2016)
If there was a line someone should have drawn it a bit deeper. I often wonder about programs that establish lines. It stems, no doubt, from academia where it’s probably a necessary guidance and directional tool. Many schools have what they refer to as a Foundation year. Mine did. I was to choose one between five or six great alternatives, to specialize in for the remaining three years, and in the end still winding up not choosing the right one. Much later about the year 2007 It occurred to me my life was a foundation year. It serves no point here to recall the somewhat overboard kinds of things I have designed which weren’t available to me to choose back in foundation land. But fifty years of designing answers for other people’ s problems can sharpen one’s desire to identify your own problems and solve those.
It would be hard for me to say that what I was doing was not Art. Happily, there were many opportunities to paint and draw and experiment with my own ideas. Criss-crossing the line so much the line seems gone.