Yucef Merhi

White on White

White on White

Abstract:
Whiteonwhite.net is a dynamic representation of the ?white on white? concept inspired by Duchamp and conceived by Malevich in 1918. When users enter this project, they will see a blank screen that changes randomly every 7 seconds. Each screen contains a different meaning of the word ?white?. There are 20 individual denotations and 1 global definition (represented by the page number 0), which gives a total of 21 (a Fibonacci number). One of the attributes of this work is that all the definitions have been placed in white color using . In this way, all the meanings stay invisible unless the user looks at the code or highlights the white text. With this cybernetic version of ?white on white? I?m proposing a poetic and Heraclitean lecture of what we call white, by understanding white as something that is in permanent change while it keeps static; a paradox that is solved when the significant and the meaning are the same.

Biography:
Yucef Merhi, a New York based artist, was born in Caracas, Venezuela, in 1977. He studied Philosophy at the Universidad Central de Venezuela and obtained a degree in Liberal Arts from The New School University. In 1995 and 1996 he was selected by the Center of Latin American Studies Rómulo Gallegos (CELARG) to become part of the most prestigious annual poetry workshop in Venezuela. His work has been showed at the Museo de Arte Contemporáneo Sofía Imber, Museo de Bellas Artes, Museo Alejandro Otero, and Galería de Arte Nacional, among other institutions, all in Venezuela. He also had exhibitions in Mexico, Brazil and USA, including shows at the New Museum of Contemporary Art and Exit Art / The First World, both located in New York.