LA-based artist Pae White transformed the lower galleries of The Henry this past October with her installation, Command+Shift+4. The installation has been delighting and surprising audiences of all ages with its giant sprays of colored yarn, painted graphics and sculptures. White’s practice carefully considers architecture and is informed by contemporary designs, presented in a fine-art format that invites multiple interpretations.
White found inspiration for Command-Shift-4 in the buildings at The Sea Ranch, a visionary housing development on the coast of northern California, first designed beginning in 1963. In Command-Shift-4, White reinterprets spatial qualities of the community’s early structures, which were characterized by austere exteriors opening into animated interiors of layered volumes, and the kinetic dynamism of supergraphics—bold, colorful geometric shapes and letterforms painted across built surfaces—enlivening the experience of enclosed space and creating optical ambiguities that confound the physical limits of the architecture.
The installation comes down this month on January 24, and in advance of that the artist will give a talk on January 20, from 6:30 PM to 8 PM. Attendees can learn more about the history of design concepts that inform the work. Read more about the installation on the Henry’s website. The event is free with a reserved ticket, so reserve now online.