John Miller, Pae White, and Fred Wilson exhibit new works in this group show.
John Miller exhibits the latest photographs from his ongoing "Middle of the Day" series in which street scenes, landscapes, people and domestic situations are documented in an almost deadpan fashion during the same midday hours: from noon until two p.m. These color photos were taken in Berlin on July 22, 2001 during the annual Love Parade and maintain an almost clinical and documentary, rather than voyeuristic, feel. There are numerous images of young people in their flamboyant clothes standing and sitting, waiting amidst the daylight debris from the festival's previous night. John Miller is also a widely-published art writer and critic who lives in New York and Berlin.
The work of Pae White is a hybrid of art and design and is informed by architecture, graphic design and digital media. White's use of elegance and simplicity (largely straight-forward qualities) is allusive in her works. Latent meanings lie in the contemplation of the forms and materials themselves and in the works' curious position that transcends disciplines. The hand-made quality of White's mobiles and sculptures bring a human character to the language of Minimalism while echoing the feminist aesthetic of hand-made domestic production. Her hanging paper piece "Songbirds" consists of innumerable small, brightly-colored paper collages suspended by thread that tilt, shift and interact with light sources and the surrounding space. Pae White lives and works in Los Angeles; she studied at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California.
Fred Wilson's latest sculpture "Drip Drop Plop" is a large multi-part black glass sculpture in the form of drops, puddles and droplets, some of which have white eye-like spots. The piece represents a stylistic departure for Wilson whose work generally utilizes displays, tableaus and artifacts to represent cultural, social and racial manipulations. "Drip Drop Plop" exploits the intrinsic visual qualities of the blown glass while acknowledging the superficial seductiveness of these qualities. For the artist, the image is simultaneously familiar and mysterious, historic and contemporary, sad and playful. Wilson is interested in exploring how objects communicate values and attitudes. The sculpture is the result of a residency at Philchuk Glass School and was fabricated by the renowned glass craftsman Dante Marioni. Fred Wilson lives and works in New York. "Fred Wilson: Objects and Installations, 1979-2000," the artist's first retrospective, recently opened at the Fine Arts Gallery at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in Baltimore.
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