Eric White, 1/3 Scale Retrospective, Martha Otero gallery, LA, January 2014.
The “1/3-Scale Retrospective” presents older works reproduced at exactly one-third of their original size. These seemingly exquisite reproductions, upon closer inspection, are unfaithful knock-offs produced at Xiamen Unique Oil Painting Co., Ltd. in China. By subcontracting out the replication of select pieces from his oeuvre, White plays with notions of appropriation, authorship, and the ‘fake’ phenomenon specific to luxury brands, and takes a playful jab at the hallowed ‘retrospective’ of the established—and often dead—artist by staging a false one of his own in miniature. (+)