Los Angeles-based Pae White, whose work is on view in the 2009 Venice Biennale, creates whimsical works that combine handmade and natural elements in dazzling installations. From functioning clocks made from paper, intricate room-sized mobiles, and serpentine smoke trails laser-etched on bright paper or woven into tapestries, to colorful paintings draped with real spider webs and animal-shaped functional cast-iron barbecues, White amplifies the "artfulness" of everyday things. Although exhibiting in museums and galleries around the world, she often positions her work in unconventional places: suspended in midair, in bookshop windows, offices, children's learning areas, or foyers.
Widely regarded as both an artist and designer, White's design for a tapestry that resembles a giant sheet of crumpled silver foil recently won a Norwegian design competition for the stage curtain in the Oslo opera house. White's work has been exhibited nationally and internationally at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; and Tate Liverpool, and has been included in Skulptur Projekte Münster, and the Shanghai Biennale.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Trustees Room, 11th Floor, Tower Building