Pae White Presents An Unrealised Commission For Gloucester Road Tube Station

Greengrassi is presenting Pae White’s fifth exhibition at the gallery in late January. The work, titled Genau or Never, is a reconfiguration of an unrealized commission originally planned for Gloucester Road tube station. In this iteration, a small portion of the original plan has been processed through a randomizer as a way to recontextualize it within a space with a new set of concerns. While the previous version utilized nearly 5000 tubes of neon referencing ornamental motifs from a mythical magic carpet, the new version is what occurs as that carpet unravels: unencumbered by its former logic and site, the ornament is set free, generating its own logic for its new environment.

The 700+ neon tubes used here represent a variation on white, each specifically selected because of its resemblance to daylight. Exposure to this kind of illumination enhances feelings of wellbeing; the tonal shifts that result from the different LUX levels in the neon allowing it to function as a giant “SAD” lamp during a seasonally dark time.

Pae White lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent exhibitions include O R L L E G R O, Museum für Angewandt Kunst, Vienna (2013); Too Much Night, Again, South London Gallery, London (2013); In Love with Tomorrow, Langen Foundation, Dusseldorf (2013); and SUMMER XX, Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2012). Her work was featured in Soft Pictures, Foundazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Turin (2013); in Art & Textile, Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Wolfsburg (2013); Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, Paris (2013); Mardin Biennale, Turkey (2012); San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego (2012) and in Print/Out, MoMA, New York (2012), among others.

Pae White: 24th January – 24th February – greengrassi 1a Kempsford Road (off Wincott Street) London SE11 4NU

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