Andrew White is an artist working in the Rockland arts community. He received a BFA concentrating in Sculpture with honors from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1997. There he developed a baseline in the use and language of a variety of materials including wood, steel, ceramic, paper and bronze.
After school he pursued an interest in alternative building techniques and solar heating at the Institute for Biodynamic Shelter and Earthstar Energy Systems in Waldoboro, Maine. Following this, interest and opportunity collided with a series of jobs for the United States Antarctic Program at the three U.S science bases located on the southern most continent. There he received a material and craft education as a structural welder, a pipe-fitter/ pipe-welder and antenna tower rigger. While there he was exposed to a wide variety of scientific research, working alongside scientist looking into diverse subject matter, from the alarming condition of our planet’s climate to the mysteries of deep space and sub-atomic particles. All of this continues to interest him and inform his work.
After his return to Maine in 2008, Andrew spent several years exploring wood while working as a timber framer, carpenter and cabinet maker. Working with wood as a medium further formed his craft and appreciation for trees, the natural world and the material objects we create from lumber.
In 2011 he became a founding member of the Midcoast Collaborative (MidCoLab), an evolving collaborative creative space in Thomaston, Maine. Currently a nine member collaboration, it houses artists, architects, artisans and an environmental advocacy non-profit. Since 2011 he has operated as maker at large, creating diverse works that balance art and functionality. The work he produces here is a culmination of his years in the trades, allowing for the integration of various materials into functional works of art. These projects include custom mobile wood fired ovens and unique architectural hardware and installations. The work in this show is a return to art, whose only function is aesthetic, and marks the latest evolution in his career.