Too Much Night, Again

Is it possible to have too much night? Seasoned partyers may think not, insomniacs may scream an emphatic yes – sharing the views of designer and artist Pae White.

Pae White, S U M M E R X X, 2012

Source: Courtesy of 1301PE, Los Angeles. Photo – Carlos Avendano

Pae White, S U M M E R X X, 2012

The artist’s forthcoming show, Too Much Night, Again, blends design, art and architecture to create  a huge site-specific installation inspired by her own experiences of chronic sleeplessness.

Pae White, MetaFoil, 2008

Source: Courtesy of the artist and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Photo – Eric Berg

Pae White, MetaFoil, 2008

The piece will take the form of a huge coloured yarn work, criss-crossing the space to create what the gallery describes as ‘supergraphics’  spelling out words such as TIGER TIGER and UNMATTERING that can only emerge as the visitor navigates the space.

Pae White, PROFESSIONAL

Source: Courtesy of the artist and International Art Objects, Los Angeles

Pae White, PROFESSIONAL

Los Angeles-based White used her own insomnia to inspire the piece, drawing on the condition’s propensity to compel the sufferer to reflect on their own transience, according to South London Gallery, which will host the show.

Pae White, Still, Untitled, 2010

Source: Courtesy of the artist, greengrassi, London and neugerriemschneider, Berlin. Collezione Sandretto R

Pae White, Still, Untitled, 2010

It says, ‘the letters and words emerge and dissolve depending on both our physical relationship to them and the relative weight of the overall aesthetic experience’, with the piece forming ‘a dense cloud of darkness which struggles to exist within the ethereality of the space.’

Pae White, Weaving, Unsung, 2009

Source: Courtesy of the artist,galleria francesca kaufmann, Milan, greengrassi, London and neugerriemschnei

Pae White, Weaving, Unsung, 2009

The volume of the black and purple yarn that forms the installation also references a less abstract concept –  Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality album – which Pae says terrified her so much as a child that she could only sleep if it was safely tucked away under her bed.

Pae White – Too Much Night, Again runs from 13 March – 14 May at South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London SE5

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