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Pae White

Title: Dying Oak/Elephant, 2009
Medium: Digital animation, 3 minutes
Courtesy: The artist and 1301 PE, Los Angeles

Title: Wild Raspberry Bush (Ballerina), 2009
Medium: Digital animation, 1 minute
Courtesy: The artist and 1301 PE, Los Angeles

These breathtaking two video works played on the outdoor LED screen of the mall employ high-tech 3D scanning and motion animation techniques applied to objects from the natural world, playfully challenging the human/nature divide. Pae White utilized 3D scanning technology to map the entire surface of an enormous 800-year-old California Oak tree. The fragile nature of the tree and its surrounding soil made it impossible to have direct contact with it, but with the scanning technology, White captured information that mapped every surface and every pore of the magnificent tree.

Pae White was able to work with the animators and technology from Dreamworks, the famous film studio responsible for movies like Shrek, and they were able to manipulate the digital data to move like a looming and slow elephant, and also like a quickly spinning ballerina. The data points come together for a moment that create hyper-real detailed images, and then disperse into a glowing abstract image that might look like a galaxy, or a city at night, reminding us that whether we are a city, animal, or constellation, we are all made of the same core atoms.

Pae White is a multimedia artist known for reinterpreting familiar encounters and ordinary items—like animals, books, advertisements, shopping bags and plants—and revealing what she calls the “artfulness” of the natural and the everyday. She employs ornate craftsmanship along with inventive materials to create objects and installations that transcend traditional boundaries between art and design. Nature is a recurring theme in her work, as is the transformation of space to engage an audience. White has exhibited at the Venice Biennale, Sculpture Project Munster, the Whitney Biennial and other major international exhibitions. She is in the permanent collection of MoMA in New York, the Guggenheim, the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Tate Modern. This is the first time she is exhibiting in India.