City of Chicago, IL

Pleasure II
 and Pleasure I (2016)
Courtesy of Andrew Rafaca, Chicago and VAN HORN, Düsseldorf

These works, made especially for OVERRIDE, integrate brushwork from White's atmospheric airbrush paintings with quintessential images of optimism. Presented emoji-style in clean black and white against highly textured grounds, the symbols also represent weather and health conditions—a rain cloud, a pixelated heart, a rainbow. The title, Pleasure, suggests a dark or perhaps more ironic read, questioning the nature of symbols as both signs and brands.