THIS WAY WHITE was first shown in 2007 in 'Watching the River Flow' at the Blaak 10 Gallery, in Rotterdam. Sonia Rijnhout, who titled the show after a Bob Dylan song had been invited to make a mural during the galleries opening hours. She, in turn had invited Jasper van der Graaf and myself to join her. All the pieces were presented as ‘works in progress’ during the exhibition.
With the song in mind I started selecting letters from the alphabet that ‘flowed’ or moved as in a continuous stream. I chose S, U, Z, Y, W and J and set them one after the other. Every letter seemed to flow in its own way, some gliding, others racing, shoving each other back and forth or skating free, fidgeting, scouring, tumbling, rolling about and some they were jumping. The outcome was an animation, a collage of moving letters searching for similarities between form and sound. THIS WAY WHITE is a ‘work in progress’ from which different versions and animated films were developed such as, THE STILL.