Gold anodized aluminum brackets, Silverflex decorative cordage
As visitors disembark at TBIT, they are welcomed by Pae White’s artwork: Suspended above the terminal’s north and south “sterile corridors” leading international passengers to customs, this linear sculpture inverts the idea of functional infrastructure, turning security into art and art into security by deploying an alternative system of baroque “P”-shaped brackets strung with or without brightly colored cordage. The brackets without cordage serve as relics of the process that created the artwork and make it site specific: a document of the many seen and unseen contingencies that shaped it.
The work consists of 23.86 miles of custom-dyed cordage in three distinct color palettes that pay homage to the colored-tiled mosaics by Charles D. Kratka, located in Terminals 3, 4, and 6. The work also includes 7,484 gold brackets – eleven of which are actual 14K gold. Attempting to identify the actual gold brackets offers passengers a playful distraction from the long journey to customs.
About the Artist
Pae White has an MFA from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena. White is a multi- media artist who creates large-scale installations in a variety of media, from tapestry to ceramics. Notable for her unusual use of space, White’s work merges art, design, craft, and architecture.
White has been exploring thread and tapestry installations for several years. Her work has been featured in Site Santa Fe, the Venice Biennale, and the Whitney Biennial, and in solo exhibitions throughout the world. In 2010, she installed a playful thread piece in a transitional space at MOCA in Los Angeles. She’s continued this artistic exploration with recent temporary installations in London and Philadelphia.