LA Artist Profile: Pae White

Director Claudio Conti films Montecito Heights-based artist Pae White as she discusses her latest work.

Released on 6/13/2013

Credits

Starring: Pae White

Transcript

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(mellow guitar music)
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Hi, my name is Pae White I'm an artist in Los Angeles.
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And this is my small studio in Montecito Heights.
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I thought I would peak around and show you some of the
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research I'm doing on a number of projects
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and maybe we could start with
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this.
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This project here is an exhibition that was at
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the Power Plant in Canada, Toronto, Canada that's now
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moving to Santa Fe and the configuration of the space
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is completely different from the Power Plant
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so it's really working with the puzzle here and these are
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the components the pieces that were at the Power Plant.
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Which was predominately tapestry, woven works.
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And I really like this situation which didn't really occur
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in Canada but the big sort of open vast space.
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And rather than put up walls and divisions I would really
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want the artwork to be those divisions and create the flow
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and direct the viewer it's something that I did at
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the Whitney on the third floor last year.
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When the elevator opened all you saw
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was a full frame of art.
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Some new works in this show.
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This is one of them it's quite large.
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I like this show it's a lot of monumental tapestries
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and this is I think about 26
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26 feet long by
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10 feet tall.
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And it's a woven tapestry
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not unlike some of the samples
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I have here and it came from
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this little tapestry
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that I found in northern California.
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I had scanned at a very, very high resolution.
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I really like the kind of cross-section and it's like
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a sampler of stitching and styles.
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And so I had this scanned including the price tag
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three dollars and then had this woven that couldn't be
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more foreign to it which is a very sort of cold,
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industrial, digital process,
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a loom that I've worked with
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for many years a loom in Belgium and
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it's a process that knows nothing about this
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and this knows nothing about that.
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So I really like that kind of struggle that kind of
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partnership that kind of one, a machine trying to understand
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something that it's completely foreign to it.
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This studio holds a lot of my ongoing research
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and some of my past research and looking around I see
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this array of bells by Paolo Soleri.
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I'm just fascinated with them and I collect them.
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And they were my excuse to buy them was I needed to
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research bells for sculpture project Minster in 2009.
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Where my project involved bells in the city and
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in a park.
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Other research
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includes this material for a large
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array hanging piece hopefully at Chanel in Las Vegas
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at the Bellagio and it's a material that I'm fascinated
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with because it just defies logic to me and it's a
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double sided mirror that is as thick as paper.
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And I feel like in the space such as Chanel in Vegas
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it just has this kinda glamour mysticism that would be
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really nice to work with.
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I'm also working on an exhibition at gallery,
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at Kaufmann Repetto Gallery in Milan.
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And I'm fascinated with popcorn as a sculptural form.
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So I feel like this is the perfect kind of balance
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between abstraction and the figurative.
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So this is white clay
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this is red clay painted white, we're still
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working on this research.
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(heavy pieces thump on table)
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Six artists were invited to develop proposals for three
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areas of the
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the future expansion of Tom Bradley International Terminal.
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And I saw that cable as an opportunity to make a tapestry.
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And with any kind of a public art project there's always
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sort of strange situations and this one's going to be very
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interesting because I will have to interface
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with Customs and Border Protection on an artwork
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it's something that I've never done.
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But the fact that the artwork is the security has a whole
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other set of contingencies that I have to sort of brace
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myself for but you can see as you move through this space
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there's these fluctuating undulations that felt organic
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to me and felt natural to this really hard airport
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environment I have some samples here.
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They're evaluation samples of tapestries
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you may be familiar with them I've talked about them
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in the Model they've been exhibited all over.
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And this is what I'm sent to approve color
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and weave construction and density.
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So these ones are of foil and
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what I really like about
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the foil is it really sense, gives one a sense of
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light reflected but it's your body and it's your mind
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and it's your eye that's telling it that it's reflective.
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It's absolutely the least reflective possible thing.
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It's just cotton.
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And these pieces here were also samples which were
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just kind of a smattering of things I was working on
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in the studio at the time so I can look at this and I go
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oh yeah I was working on that project here's a cutout
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of a mobile piece of plastic that I used in a mobile.
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Here's some spider webs sections.
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I was eating this candy.
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It's just kind of a portrait of the studio at that
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very time becomes sort of imprinted and woven
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and heroicized I mean something like this Indian candy
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also become heroic when it's very large.
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So what we have on this door is a test decal
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that I used for the Kishwar Museum and Sculpture Garden
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a few years ago, the architecture in that space has this
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very beautiful sort of curving unfolding
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wall of glass and I wanted it to feel like something
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had been stitched on it, like somehow
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that glass was in the process of becoming a textile.
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And here we are back at the studio so
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thanks for taking the tour.
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(pop guitar music)