Biography

Austin Martin White (b. 1984, New Mexico) addresses topics of escapism, fetishization, and exotification through the material means of rubber. Referencing 17th century ethnographic paintings and prints, especially those of Albert Eckhout, White reconfigures and transposes these images and creates familiar yet otherworldly compositions. He focuses on the historical associations of materials, mainly that of rubber and its role in colonization along with its place as a signifier for restraint and physical bounding amongst fetish subcultures. White also brings his perspective as an artist of mixed race to question the ambiguity surrounding representation.

Austin White has a MFA in Painting from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Fine Arts at Bard College and a BFA from the Cooper Union School of Art. He studied at the Universität der Kunst Berlin under Thomas Demand and Florian Slotwa. He is an alumnus of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. White lives and works in New York.