By revelling in the rapport between art, design, the applied arts, and architecture - while questioning the traditional and often nebulous boundaries between them - Pae White encourages viewers to take a closer look at familiar objects, processes, and spaces and also the histories and subcultures they are associated with. White’s exhilarating and experimental oeuvre is constantly evolving in its roaming across different material forms and contexts - including expansive sculptures and installations, public art work, interior and graphic design projects, furniture, textiles, and animation - with a sense of exuberant abandon.
White's 2010 solo show at The Power Plant, 'Pae White: Material Mutters,' surveys her work from the past five years in a range of media, with a focus on her monumental tapestries. The exhibition and catalogue feature the new work Sea Beast (2010), which was commissioned by The Power Plant as a part of our Annual Commissioning Program begun in 2006. Sea Beast is a large-scale tapestry featuring an image of a found macrame wall hanging, which signals a new visual direction in her work - its source is a three-dimensional scan of a woven form that includes mussel shells, a price tag and tassels. Blown up and transformed, its own weave interpreted within another, the macrame simultaneously escapes and retains the sub-cultural associations that previously defined it.
This eighty-page hardcover catalogue is designed by White and Juliette Bellocq who previously collaborated with the artist on her catalogue, Pae White: Lisa Bright and Dark. The catalogue features an overview of White's exhibition with a specific focus on Sea Beast. Along with high-resolution images of this and past exhibitions, this catalogue includes a visual overview of White's ever-evolving practice, and a cloth cover with a foil treatment that reflects the pattern White produced for her piece, Future Fabric (2010). Alongside the unique cover and stunning images is an insightful essay by German professor, art historian, art critic, and curator Oliver Zybok, as well as an incisive and frenetic take on White's tapestries by writer Susan Emerling.
Pae White: Material Mutters
Introduction by: Gregory Burke
Essays by: Susan Emerling and Oliver Zybok
Publisher: The Power Plant, Toronto, ON, 2010
Hard cover, 80 pages, full colour