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Pae White | Too Much Night, Again

Art | April 18, 2013 |

Pae White, Too much night, again, 2013, installation, mixed media

Pae White | Too Much Night, Again
South London Gallery
13.03.2013 – 12.05.2013

Los Angeles-based artist Pae White merges art, design, craft and architecture through site specific installations and individual works which defy our expectations of a variety of techniques and media. For her South London Gallery exhibition she creates a mesmerising installation in which vast quantities of coloured yarn span and criss-cross the room to create supergraphics spelling out words that can only be deciphered by navigating the space. Inspired by a period of insomnia and consequent reflection on the transience of our existence, the letters and words emerge and dissolve depending on both our physical relationship to them and the relative weight of the overall aesthetic experience.

Pae White, Too much night, again, 2013, installation, mixed media

This installation, Too Much Night, Again, has been created specifically for the exhibition hall at South London Gallery. It is a vast and impressive undulated string creation made from 48km of coloured yarn and took her 8-strong team two weeks to install. The dependence on a technical team to help realise a project is not unusual for a conceptual artist, and White openly commends the fruitful benefits of external interpretation and collaboration. She believes that the relationship between the maker and a larger creative team is both crucial and beneficial. Characterised by its transient nature, Pae’s work is often constructed from fragile materials that are utilised en masse to build large-scale sculptural works. Previous installations have include gold-lined popcorn kernels suspended from transparent thread and tapestries of billowing smoke plumes.

Pae White, Too much night, again, 2013, installation, mixed media

In this instance Pae’s threaded installation forms a dark cloud of criss-crossed black and purple across the gallery roof with individual threads trailing back to the wall where they spell out motivational super graphics, reading TIGER TIME and UNMATTERING. White questions the passing of time, the transience of existence and what it means to dissolve. Inspired by her recent struggle with insomnia and sleeplessness, this disharmony is evocative of anxiety and feelings of fear. The use of the purple and black yarn is a particular and personal reference to the cover of Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality album. The album terrified White so much as a child that it had to be hidden under her bed in order for her to sleep peacefully.

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