For “American Idyll: A collection reading by Wendy White,” White took inspiration from Andy Warhol's exhibition "Raid the Icebox.”
Warhol’s exhibition was a display of a collection of classical painting, Native American textiles and auction catalogs, baskets, ceramics, furniture, hat boxes, sculpture, shoes and more. Warhol’s selected items were exhibited exactly as they were seen in storage on shelves or clustered in non-hierarchical groupings.
White mined the collection to pair works with her two "Jofas," custom sofas upholstered with reclaimed denim jeans. These two large, sectional sofas include vintage artists books focused on National Parks, in which White applied drawings and collage to alter each page. The "Jofas" provide a contemplative space for visitors to consider the selections from the permanent collection and the overlapping concepts informing White’s work: travel, exploration of the American West, reliance on the oil and gas industry and road-tripping that coalesced during a recent trip the artist took across the U.S.