February 17th, 2014
Artist: Pae White
Venue: greengrassi, London
Exhibition Title: Genau or Never
Date: January 24 – March 1, 2014
Full gallery of images, press release and link available after the jump.
Images courtesy of greengrassi, London
greengrassi is pleased to present Pae White’s fifth exhibition at the gallery. The work, titled Genau or Never, is a reconfiguration of an unrealized commission originally planned for Gloucester Road tube station. In this iteration, a small portion of the original plan has been processed through a randomizer as a way to recontextualize it within a space with a new set of concerns. While the previous version utilized nearly 2450 tubes of neon referencing ornamental motifs from a mythical magic carpet, the new version is what occurs as that carpet unravels: unencumbered by its former logic and site, the ornament is set free, generating its own logic for its new environment.
The 540 neon tubes used here represent a variation on white, each specifically selected because of its resemblance to daylight. Exposure to this kind of illumination enhances feelings of wellbeing; the tonal shifts that result from the different LUX levels in the neon allowing it to function as a giant “SAD” lamp during a seasonally dark time.
Link: Pae White at greengrassi
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