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The Power Plant presents a lecture and catalogue signing
by acclaimed American artist Pae White

Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.

Part of the gallery’s International Lecture Series

TORONTO, ON (November 8, 2010)The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery at Harbourfront Centre is very excited to provide a platform for renowned Los Angeles-based artist Pae White, whose survey exhibition Material Mutters is currently on view at the gallery. White will discuss her art practice and new commission for The Power Plant, a tapestry entitled Sea Beast. This large-scale image of a found macramé wall hanging signals a new visual direction in her work – its source is a woven form, including mussel shells, label and tassels, and involves a three-dimensional scan. The survey Pae White: Material Mutters contextualizes Sea Beast with many of White’s past tapestries of epic scale, as well as two video projections and a series of new works on paper, Smoke Studies.

White’s exhilarating and experimental oeuvre has continued to evolve in its roaming across different material forms and contexts—including expansive sculptures and installations, public art work, interior and graphic design projects, furniture, textiles and animation—with a sense of exuberant abandon. Now an internationally established figure in contemporary art, White revels in the rapport between art, design, the applied arts, and architecture, while questioning the traditional and often nebulous boundaries between them. Simultaneously evoking the material and the immaterial, White’s exhibition Material Mutters at The Power Plant surveys her work from the past five years in a range of media, with a focus on her monumental tapestries.

The gallery presents Pae White as a part of its ongoing International Lecture Series, which brings world-renowned artists to Toronto. This one-night engagement also marks the launch of the artist’s beautifully illustrated catalogue, which documents the exhibition in situ at The Power Plant and features texts by curator of the exhibition and Director of The Power Plant Gregory Burke, California-based writer Susan Emerling and Oliver Zybok, Director of the Art Gallery Remscheid and Professor for Art Theory at the University of Art Braunschweig. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to meet the artist, who will be available to sign copies of the new catalogue at the conclusion of the lecture.

Ticket Information
FREE Members, $12 Non-Members

The Power Plant’s International Lecture Series: PAE WHITE
Wednesday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m.
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre

Call the Harbourfront Centre Box Office at 416.973.4926 to purchase/reserve tickets, or non-members can purchase tickets online at

Please note: reserved Members’ tickets will be released for resale if not picked up by the start of the lecture.

Pae White (born in Pasadena, C.A., 1963) currently lives and works in Los Angeles. She has been exhibiting internationally since the 1990s and was included in the Skulptur Projekte Münster 07 (2007), Martian Museum of Terrestrial Art at the Barbican Art Gallery, London (2008), the 53rd Venice Biennale (2009), and the Whitney Biennial (2010). Recent solo exhibitions have been held at the Manchester Art Gallery (2006), the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, D.C. (2007), and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona (2008). Her city-block-sized Art Village, created for the 2009 Art Basel Miami Beach fair, was commissioned specifically to provide a functional social space for talks and parties. White’s temporary cityscape of “free-form monochromes” of scaffold structures covered in fabric became a temporary glowing village on the oceanfront.

In a recent interview for The New York Times Style Magazine, White explains the show: “It’s about the exploration of process and the material is doing the talking.” The exhibition will also feature a series of smaller works on paper she finished for this purpose. These Smoke Studies appear to be drawings of smoke, a reoccurring motif in the artist’s work, but are in fact carvings, via computer driven laser, into painted paper. The exhibition also includes the 2009 video projections Dying Oak – Elephant and Wild Raspberry Bush – Ballerina, two of three animations White created using non-invasive data collection and mapping procedures to produce three-dimensional scans of different flora. The scans were then used as source material for digital animations created by a group of visual effects artists and animators. This exhibition will be on view at The Power Plant through Jan. 2, 2011.

White has become internationally known as a brilliant manipulator of materials. This exhibition does not capture the vast range of her practice, but focuses on her recent tapestries and tracks the evolution of her concerns through this form. After the run of her exhibition in Toronto, White will complete a solo project on the Bluhm Family Terrace at The Art Institute of Chicago and another at the Curve Space at the Barbican Centre, London. She is also working on a commission for Art on the Under¬ground, London, Eur¬ope’s largest neon installation at Gloucester Road tube station and a public commission at Berlin Brandenburg Airport, both to be realized by 2012.

Catalogue Supporters
Steven & Lynda Latner
Laura Rapp & Jay Smith
With additional support from 1301 PE, Los Angeles, Galleria Francesca Kaufmann, Milan, greengrassi, London, and neugerriemschneider, Berlin

2010 Commissioning Program Partner
Shanitha Kachan & Gerald Sheff

Commission Program Supporters
Liza Mauer & Andrew Sheiner
Nancy McCain & Bill Morneau
Elisa Nuyten & David Dime

Ian Wallace: The Economy of the Image, featuring the commissioned series Abstract Paintings I-XII (The Financial District).

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