Fine Arts alumna Flora Kao had several shows this summer:
1. Vestigial – Solo Project by Flora Kao
Vestigial archives the residue of trauma through a life-size rubbing of a stairwell charred beyond repair. In mapping these gestural black marks onto a nearby room, Vestigial highlights the uncanny effects of architectural accretion, where the awkward dimensions of a long narrow room echo those of a failed stairway to nowhere. Meditating on memory, displacement, and obsolescence, Vestigial salvages forgotten peripheries and palimpsests, speaking to the scars and voids left by things past.
May 11 – June 1, 2013
Commonwealth and Council
May 11- June 15, 2013
The Loft at Liz’s
3. CA 101
June 7 – June 16, 2013
AES Power Plant
4. Wall Painting
June 29– September 7th, 2013
Irvine Fine Arts Center
Flora also had a solo show, Cocoon, earlier this year at Gallery 825, February 23 – March 22, 2013
Exploring the poetics of human relation to environment, Flora Kao transforms everyday structures into systems of beauty. With the installation Cocoon, Kao responds to the trauma of witnessing the prolonged suffering and loss of her grandfather. Sampling Taiwanese landscape and ancestor worship rituals, a kaleidoscope of color is projected through a webbed chrysalis crotcheted from vinyl tubing. This expanse of shifting shadows yields a space for meditation and metamorphosis.