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"Ghost Towns"
2002-08-03 until 2002-09-29
Govet-Brewster Art Gallery
New Plymouth, , NZ New Zealand (Aotearoa)

Ghost Towns comes at the end of Los Angeles based Pae White’s three week period as the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery’s 2002 International Artist in Residence. The show features five large fragile mobile structures fashioned from string and colour paper. The installation creates a dense and myriad colour field, recalling pixels, pointillist painting, or the dappling of camouflage. White’s painting-in-space plays with the relationship between colour field theory, perspectival representation and correspondence between canvas and architecture.

Pae White’s work has recently been included in a number of important international exhibitions, including: What If: Art on the Verge of Architecture and Design at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, The Americans: New Art, at the Barbican in London, and Made in California at the L.A. County Museum. White’s work adorns the cover of the comprehensive new Taschen publication Women Artists of the 20th & 21st Century, and she has been written about extensively in international publications W and I.D. magazines, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and on the cover of Frieze magazine in April 2002.

White’s works slip effortlessly between painting, sculpture, installation and design. In blending these elements White pushes the boundaries of what we understand an artist, as a producer of images, to be. She works as a page designer, often producing catalogues or page works for other artists – which raises questions about the singularity of artistic talent. The catalogue to Ghost Towns will be designed by Pae White as a key feature of her residency and exhibition.

IMAGE:
Pae White
Nightfish (detail), 2000,
paper and thread,
dimensions variable,
courtesy of the artist and neugerriemschneider gallery, Berlin.


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