Pae White – Ordinary Materials Unordinary Vision

My goal is to cause viewers to stop and consider the bits and pieces of our lives that are most often overlooked, perhaps suggesting a more comprehensive reconsideration of the world around us, even to ask ourselves: What is important to us? What are we seeing? What are we not seeing? – Pae White, 2009

Pae White, Command-Shift-4, installation view, Henry Art Gallery, 2015 b

Pea White is a multi-media artist who frequently creates large-scale installations in a variety of media, from tapestry to ceramics to tinfoil. Her work is said to “merge art, design, craft, and architecture.” Notable for her unusual use of space, White’s work has been featured in a range of non-exhibition spaces including the bookshop window at Galerie Buchholz and a children’s learning area at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

White was born in 1963 in Pasadena, California. She lives and works in Los Angeles. She received her M.F.A. from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and her B.A. from Scripps College in Claremont, California. She also studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Recent solo exhibition venues include Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Cologne; galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan; the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand; the Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver; greengrassi, London; and 1301PE, Los Angeles. Group exhibitions include The Americans: New Art, organized by the Barbican Art Centre in London, and Made in California: Art, Image, and Identity, 1900-2000, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Articles on her work have appeared in Frieze, Tema Celeste, Contemporary, Art Monthly, and Artforum, among others. In addition she has designed publications and advertisements for a number of museums, galleries, and magazines.

Pae White, Command-Shift-4, installation view, Henry Art Gallery, 2015

Installation view, Henry Art Gallery, 2015

Pae White, installation view, kaufmann repetto, 2014

Installation view, kaufmann repetto, 2014

Pae White, Too Much Night, Again, installation view, South London Gallery, 2013

Too Much Night, Again, installation view, South London Gallery, 2013


For the last several years, my practice has focused on an exploration of the neglected, the forgotten, the spaces between things, even the things between things. I am equally drawn to the temporary, the fleeting, to the ephemera of everyday life. My work has attempted to subvert the viewer’s expected relationship to an everyday object, nudging them off balance, encouraging a deeper look. – Pae White

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