Pae White’s Noisy Blushes: A Bird’s-Eye View

Get up close and personal with a bird’s-eye view of Pae White’s “Noisy Blushes!” See multitudes of colors and patterns emerge as the camera moves around, above, and below the sculpture. Commissioned to usher in the next 50 years of creative impact at SJMA, Pae White’s “Noisy Blushes” soars within the Museum’s thirty-foot high atrium and transforms its entrance into an experiential passageway, delivering a sublime experience for visitors. Approximately 14 x 14 x 11 feet and suspended above the viewer, “Noisy Blushes” is one of the artist’s largest hanging pieces and her most colorful completed to date. The sculpture comprises 68 colors and a design that fluctuates with the time of day, the seasons, and as the viewer changes their vantage point. This site-specific work is the most ambitious commission in SJMA’s history.

Pae White (b. 1963, Los Angeles) lives and works in Los Angeles. Recent solo exhibitions include: The San José Museum of Art (2019); Saarland Museum, Saarbrucken, Germany (2017); Fondazione Cini, Venice (2017); Henry Art Gallery, Seattle (2015); Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst / Gegenwartskunst, Wien (2013); Langen Foundation, Neuss, Düsseldorf (2013); South London Gallery, London (2013); Site Santa Fe (2011) and The Power Plant, Toronto (2011). Additionally, her work has been included in significant exhibitions such as the Whitney Biennial, the Venice Biennale, and Skulpture Projekte Münster 07, Münster, Germany. White has created major public art works for the Oslo Opera House, Norway; Collaborative Life Science Building, Portland, Oregon; Los Angeles Metro Rapid, North Embarcadero, San Diego; Beverly Center, Los Angeles; Los Angeles International Airport; and Berlin Brandenburg Airport, Berlin.

Pae White, “Noisy Blushes,” 2020; Ink, cable, and electroplated and polished stainless steel; 167 x 166 x 132 inches; 12,000 disks; 504 strands. Commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, in honor of its 50th anniversary.

Commissioned by the San José Museum of Art, in honor of its 50th anniversary, and acquired with funds provided by the Lipman Family Foundation, the Acquisitions Committee, Diane Jonte-Pace and David Pace, the Council of 100, the Richard A. Karp Charitable Foundation, and Brook Hartzell and Tad Freese, with additional support provided by the Docent Council, Toby and Barry Fernald, Evelyn and Rick Neely, Yvonne and Mike Nevens, C. Christine Nichols, Dorene Masterman, and Shauna Mika and Richard Callison.

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