bis 19.06. | #3071ARTatBerlin | neugerriemschneider currently presents the exhibition ~ ~ ~ ~~~~~~~v2 with works by the artits Pae White. This is the sixth solo exhibiton of the artist with the gallery.
In ~ ~ ~~~~~~~v2 the artist shows a selection of new works and creates a homage to nature. The exhibition has its starting point in a presentation originally planned for Gallery Weekend 2020, to which the exhibition title also alludes: After a multitude of impulses, ‘Version Two’ follows. ~ ~ ~~~~~~~v2 is the result of an intensive research and production process that the artist completed last year in the rugged coastal landscape of Northern California. The wall, floor and freestanding works on display draw on a variety of natural phenomena – from falling rain and the iridescent mother-of-pearl of the abalone snail to colours derived from fungi.
Reflection on materials and their transformation is central to White’s multifaceted oeuvre, which includes both expansive installations and small-format works in various media. Again and again, the artist explores the boundaries of her respective medium and questions common associations. With ~ ~ ~~~~~~~v2, White deepens her ongoing exploration of material in two- and three-dimensional space and deals with coded sign systems, their decoding as well as their recoding. In the process, different visual, linguistic or numerical systems act as catalysts for change and creation. Guided by the artist, the handmade is combined with the technical, everyday motifs and objects are redesigned by means of complex manufacturing processes and natural forms are merged with human ones.
~ ~ ~~~~~~~v2 comprises five different groups of works that are conceptually interconnected. A large-format tapestry woven in Flanders shows an abstracted cloudscape through which metallic warp threads run like a multicoloured glittering rain shower. Stone sculptures from Mexico appear at first glance to be gently rounded objects of natural origin, but are a tribute to animals such as bats, bears and turtles, millions of which perished in the Californian forest fires last year.
Hand-painted graphic compositions on various fabrics combine found materials with letters and geometric shapes. Like scientific specimens, these textile miniatures seem to float in their colourful frames. Contrasting with this is a sparkling, large-scale arrangement of handmade ceramic tiles whose metallic-iridescent surfaces were achieved by means of the technical process of physical vapour deposition. The complex textures of the tiles are created by pressing everyday objects into the still moist surface – a process that was also used for the wall works made of Japanese paper clay, which were subsequently coated with prismatic car paint. Both groups of works resemble relics recovered from the earth and continue the artist’s constant engagement with nature as well as a magical transformation of materials.
“White’s work is remarkable for the way it mixes the handmade and the industrially fabricated, natural and artificial materials, the unique and the multiple, and for how it presses on the limits of facture. She is persistent in her questioning of how we see, and how the notion of “we” is as unknowable as the concept of “I.” Her work deftly orchestrates the roles of color, form, shape, outline, depth, surface, and transparency.”
Jenelle Porter, Senior Curator, ICA Boston
Pae White’s (born 1963) work has been shown internationally in numerous institutional solo exhibitions, including San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose (2019); Saarlandmuseum, Saarbrücken (2017); MAK, Vienna (2013); Langen Foundation, Düsseldorf (2013); South London Gallery, London (2013); The Power Plant, Toronto (2011); SITE, Santa Fe (2011); The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago (2011); St Louis Art Museum, St Louis (2010); 53. Venice Biennale, Venice (2009); Skulptur Projekte, Münster (2007); Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. (2007); Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester (2006) and Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2004). White has also completed numerous public commissions, including for Swiss Re Klubhaus, Zurich (2018-2020); Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice (2017); Broadway Pier, San Diego (2014) and Berlin-Brandenburg Airport, Berlin (2012). White lives and works in Los Angeles.
Exhibition period: Saturday, 1st May to Saturday, 19th June 2021To the Gallery
Exhibition Pae White – Galerie neugerriemschneider | Contemporary Art – Art Exhibitions Berlin – ART at Berlin