Pae White's piece "Dying Oak/Elephant" screened during September and October at UVP Everson.
In autumn 2012, UVP Everson featured "Dying Oak/Elephant" and "Ballerina (Wild Raspberry Bush)", both by Pae White, one of the most important artists working at the border between art and design today. Each video involved sophisticated scanning and point-cloud motion animation techniques. White came to this high-tech process by way of nature. In her own words, “I came upon three-dimensional scanning technology in 2009 while exploring options for creating a death mask for an enormous California oak tree in the Sierra foothills. The fragile nature of this eight-hundred-year-old tree and its surrounding soil made any direct contact with it out of the question.”# The resulting animation is a mesmerizing exploration of natural form in which the data points coalesce to create an image almost hyper-real in its detail one moment, and in the next disperse into glowing abstraction.
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