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Pae White, Better Places, 2011, mirror, aluminum thread, painted paper, vinyl, dimensions variable.

Pae White

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Pae White, Better Places, 2011, mirror, aluminum thread, painted paper, vinyl, dimensions variable.

The new works that made up Pae White’s recent exhibition, “A piece of the almost grey sky . . . ,” had each been assigned an allusive and ironic title. Two large tapestries with white backgrounds, coming after those enormous ones with black backgrounds seen at the 2010 Whitney Biennial, are called Milan Hazy 1 and Milan Hazy 2 (all works cited, 2011), the English words recalling through assonance the Italian name for the inhabitants of Milan: Milanesi. The images were originally photographs of coils of smoke, to which White gave plastic relief and visual consistency while maintaining their two-dimensionality; they are dark, from black to a range of browns, but when examined at close proximity they are seen to contain a rich gamut of small, colorful touches. The two works were exhibited along with Pop Corona, a circular constellation of large objects shaped like popcorn, created

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