Los Angeles

Pae White


Native Californian Pae White’s exhibition “Periwinkles” opened in the fall, and it was tempting to imagine the seasonal gust of a Santa Ana bringing her work to life, a warm wind animating her delicate ornithological models and setting her translucent mobiles chiming. White invokes highmodernist sculpture, architecture, and design, but reinvests their characteristic forms with an oft-forgotten element of playfulness and wit. For example, among the new works presented at 1301PE were two large hanging sculptures that exist somewhere between Alexander Calder’s mobiles and sets of kitschy beaded curtains. Stretching from floor to ceiling, they admit whimsy without sacrificing an ounce of beauty, and their titles, Frieze Festoon (all works 2005) and FedEx Festoon (the former is made of glass, string, and laminated ephemera, the latter of glass and laminated FedEx airbills), underscore an

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