Flora Kao (’08 Fine Arts) Solo Show and ARC grant

Flora Kao Homestead

Fine Arts alumna Flora Kao (’08) has a solo exhibition at the Pasadena Museum of California Art. She was also recently a recipient of the ARC grant in Visual Arts from the Center for Cultural Innovation (http://www.cciarts.org/arc.htm)

On view January 19 – April 20, 2014

Focusing on a prefabricated cabin that stands on the verge of collapse in Wonder Valley, artist Flora Kao explores human relationship to environment. Through life-size rubbings of each side of the abandoned homestead’s four walls, Kao captures the shack at a specific moment in its decay. Suspended in the PMCA’s Project Room, the canvas rubbings envelop the viewer in gestural black marks that echo the original structure’s form and texture. Mapping absence and presence, the installation offers a visceral encounter with erasure and accumulation. The project highlights the poignant histories of the deserted shacks that dot the Mojave Desert, remnants of America’s most recent wave of manifest destiny.

Opening reception: Saturday, January 18, 2014 | 7–9pm
$5 admission | Free for PMCA members

Artist conversation: Sunday, February 9, 2014 | 3pm
Join artist Flora Kao and independent curator Howard Fox for a conversation on home, mapping, trace, and ruin in relation to Homestead

Pasadena Museum of California Art
490 East Union St
Pasadena, CA 91101