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Hobo Woods/Tears of Vietnam

Pae White, American, b. 1963

Creation date: 1999
Creation place: United States

Other Information

Type: Paper Sculpture
Medium and Support: Gouache, ColorAid paper and cotton thread
Credit Line: Gift of the Suzanne Figi Latin American and Contemporary Art Fund
Accession Number: 2001.5.1-65
State/Province: California
Dimensions: 72 in. x 72 in. x 72 in. (182.88 cm x 182.88 cm x 182.88 cm)
Dimensions listed "as installed".


1301 PE Gallery, Los Angeles, California ( - January 30, 2001)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (January 30, 2001 - )

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Pae White’s sculptural installation Hobo Woods / Tears of Vietnam is composed of ninety-six strands of thread and hundreds of small pieces of Color-aid paper. Color-aid paper, produced since 1948, has provided artists, including Josef Albers (1888–1976), who pioneered its artistic use, with a tool for creative innovation. The pieces of paper, suspended from wires, seem to float in the air, giving the piece an ethereal feel. The scale of the work invites viewers to consider their physical selves in relation to the piece. While Hobo Woods / Tears of Vietnam does not represent the title in a literal way, it possesses a more abstract and conceptual response to the Vietnam War. Hobo Woods was a base area for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.
Last Updated: 4/27/2021


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

re-drawing the line Art in General, Inc. , 9/9/2000 - 10/28/2000

Asian Games: The Art of the Contest , 10/14/2004 - 9/25/2005

Behold, America! Art of the United States from Three San Diego Museums The San Diego Museum of Art , 11/10/2012 - 2/10/2013

Women, War and Industry The San Diego Museum of Art , 10/19/2013 - 2/18/2014


This object has the following bibliographic references:

Michael Goodman, ed. re-drawing the line Art in General, Inc.. New York, New York, 2000
Page Number: yes, Figure Number: yes

Berin Golonu, ed. Artweek Spaulding-Devin, Inc.. San Jose, California, June 2001
Page Number: 2

Ms. Betti-Sue Hertz. San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego Museum of Art. San Diego, California, 2003
Page Number: 261, Figure Number: 261

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