Pae White

Hammer Museum

Of all the objets that thus far make up the baroque oeuvre of Pae White—from the zodiac-themed origami clocks to the cast-iron barbecues in the shape of owls and turtles; from the glazed ceramic bricks to the spider-assisted web drawings; from the cast-Plexiglas monochromes to her advertisements for herself—it is the Color-aid paper mobiles that have steadily assumed representative prominence. The delighted responses they so effectively coax from the public is largely attributable to a perceived discrepancy between the modesty of their materials and execution and the near-sublime luxuriance of the outcome. Paper cuttings affixed to lengths of thread and hung from the ceiling—et voilà! Depending on how they’re configured, the resulting experience will suggest a whirlwind of autumn leaves, let’s say, or, in the words of one artwork label, a cross section of a pond seen seconds before being

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