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Wayne White’s “Invisible Ruler” at Joshua Liner Gallery.

Opening tonight - Thursday, September 11th, 2014 - at Joshua Liner Gallery in New York, New York is Wayne White’s solo show, “Invisible Ruler.”  Wayne White’s eccentric style and life has been well documented through documentaries such as “Beauty is Embarrassing,” and years of hard work in almost every field of art from cartooning, puppet design (he designed the puppets on Pee Wee’s Playhouse) to directing (He directed the Smashing Pumpkin’s video for “Tonight, Tonight.”)  "Invisible Ruler“ will feature a plethora of new work from kinetic sculptures to pen and ink drawings, and of course his signature words on found art paintings.  See more below!

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Man, you’re only going to be alive, if you’re lucky, 80, 90 years. And then that’s it. That’s all you get. So why not? Why does it fucking matter? I can do anything I wanna do, you know. Fuck, man. Get on it. Let’s go. Time’s running out.
—  Wayne White
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Fanfuckingtastic, Eastern Fuck It, and Prick by Wayne White. 

“Beauty is Embarrassing” is an inspiring documentary that peeks into the life and times of multidisciplinary artist and generally awesome dude Wayne White. You may not be familiar with White’s name but you’ve definitely encountered his work. He designed the set and puppets for Pee-Wee’s Playhouse and did a number of the voices. He also designed the art work for one of the best music videos of all-time: Tonight, Tonight by The Smashing Pumpkins. Over the past few years he’s been (perhaps unfairly) compared to Ed Ruscha for the paintings like the above pictured, which White finds at thrift stores and then paints contemporary text and phrases over in a 3-D font.

White did a pretty amusing “Draw Me Anything” on Reddit a while back, view it here.

Beauty is Embarrassing by Neil Berkeley is on Netflix now, check it out. 

“Artists and creative people are people who make beauty.. Follow your heart and your pleasure in art. Don’t do what you think is going to be making you money or what your parents want you to do or what that beautiful girl or guy thinks you should be doing. Do what you love, it’s going to lead you to where you want to go. Go out there and make the world a little more beautiful. I know you can.” - WAYNE WHITE (via Beauty is Embarrassing)

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Some rustic landscapes have an absurd sense of humor.

The much-revered artist Wayne White turns the dramatic landscape paintings you’re most likely to find on motel walls and in grandparents’ living rooms into something else completely.

Like a Thomas Kinkade painting on LSD, White’s landscapes transmit messages like, “Luv Hurts.” “Good Looking People Having Fun Without You.” “Artificial Cherry Flavor.” “Slow Burn.”

The hilarious, irreverent, and impressively-bearded southerner gave a talk at TEDxKC last August about art, life, bowling leagues, Captain Kangaroo, and growing up in the south. He dishes about his time spent directing the art for Pee-wee’s Playhouse, following around Art Spiegelman, and many other adventures.

Watch the whole talk here>>