Monday, November 7, 2011

Pae White at 1301PE, Los Angeles, California

"For the last several years, my practice has focused on an exploration of the neglected, the forgotten, the spaces between things, even the things between things. I am equally drawn to the temporary, the fleeting, to the ephemera of everyday life. My work has attempted to subvert the viewer's expected relationship to an everyday object, nudging them off balance, encouraging a deeper look.
I like to take ordinary materials and simple, often conventional processes to achieve this - using paper shapes strung on thread to capture the feeling of a swarm of bees; freezing a moment of smoke or crumpled tin foil in the loomed wool of a Flemish tapestry; referencing an unknown narrative about a city in the seat fabric of its buses; evoking memories of home in Los Angeles by creating tacos and taco trucks out of marzipan in the window of a pastry shop in Meunster, Germany; forming out of canvas-wrapped metal the fallen leaves of California sycamores for a show in Milan, Italy; celebrating the local fauna of the Hudson River Valley by making cast-iron barbecues in their shapes; foregrounding the architecture of spiders by placing webs on colored paper and framing them; and on and on.
My goal is to cause viewers to stop and consider the bits and pieces of our lives that are most often overlooked, perhaps suggesting a more comprehensive reconsideration of the world around us, even to ask ourselves: What is important to us? What are we seeing? What are we not seeing?" 

Pae White 2009

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