Inverted Leaf California Sycamore, 2009 - Pae White
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About Inverted Leaf California Sycamore
Inverted Leaf/California Sycamore is a bronze cast of a sycamore leaf exquisitely rendered by Pae White. Well-known as a large-scale multimedia artist, this multiple represents White's efforts to create art on a small scale. It is a simple ...Read More
Inverted Leaf/California Sycamore is a bronze cast of a sycamore leaf exquisitely rendered by Pae White. Well-known as a large-scale multimedia artist, this multiple represents White's efforts to create art on a small scale. It is a simple, understated work that draws attention to the intricacies—the overall shape, the angles of the outline, the delicate lines and wrinkles—of a type of leaf that is so ubiquitous in California that the beauty of its composition is frequently overlooked.
The decision to use bronze evokes the color of a Sycamore leaf, which turns to a dry gold or reddish-orange color in the autumn. Furthermore, the material allows White to capture the elusive quality of her subject and celebrate its ideal form by transforming the fragile, ephemeral object into an unnatural but enduring work of art.
About the Artist
About Pae White
Nature is a recurring theme in her work, as is the transformation of space to engage an audience. For her prominent display in the 2009 Venice Biennale, White transformed part of the 13th century Arsenale into a colorful aviary and hired Venetian bird callers to summon the city's birds. For the 2010 Whitney Biennial, Pae created Still, Untitled, one of her celebrated smoke tapestries made of large-scale photographic images that capture the subtle shades, curving lines, and elusive qualities of smoke. These works are emblematic of her fascination with exposing the beauty and visual complexities of the quotidian using a material that contrasts with the subject's natural form.
Beyond her participation in these exhibitions, White has established an international career, with recent solo shows at kaufmann repetto, Milan, Italy (2011); Xavier Hufkens, Brussels, Belgium (2009); neugerriemschneider, Berlin, Germany (2008); greengrassi, London, England (2008); and Sue Crockford Gallery, Auckland, New Zealand (2006), among others. Articles on her work have appeared in Frieze, Tema Celeste, Contemporary, Art Monthly, and Artforum. In addition she has designed publications and advertisements for a number of museums, galleries, and magazines.Read Less
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