Inspiration of the day-Now Be Here: Flora Kao

2 Aug

Now Be Here: Flora Kao #466

Feeling inspired after attending the historic event Now Be Here at Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. My goal is to feature every artist that attended, one artist a day. Considering the number of artists that showed up, this will take me two years to complete. I am looking forward to getting to know the work of each and every artist!

Your inspiration for the day- Now Be Here edition: Flora Kao

Lines of Desire, 2007
Acrylic on vellum

From Flora Kao:

My art responds to the frenetic intensity and psychological isolation of contemporary urban life. Overloaded by information and institutional demands, we spend much of our lives trapped in generic spaces executing mundane routines. This relentless visual and social homogeneity mutes our awareness and experience of life, resulting in a profound sense of alienation.

I am fascinated by the psychological potential of urban and constructed spaces. Yielding moments of perceptual clarity, my work isolates and brings into focus inconspicuous yet omnipresent aspects of everyday existence.  In excavating details like the hum of electricity, the relentless city grid, or the sterility of institutional space, I seek to inspire a heightened awareness of our relationship to the built environment. In orchestrating unexpected sensory encounters with the organic and handmade, I am interested in mediating the stifling effects of institutional architecture and inspiring contemplation of our dislocation from nature and the spaces around us.

My installations respond to the endless repetition of the urban landscape. Each installation is a drawing in space, built from a multitude of repeating marks. By multiplying ordinary elements like sound, shadow, plant, paper, or line, I create elegant systems that sculpt and activate space. I play with malleability of meaning and visual slippage, where street grids dissipate into atmospherics and constellations, consumer waste morphs into musical forests, and plants take flight.

By inserting ephemeral interventions into existing architectural spaces, I challenge assumed knowledge and rote experience of space. Ultimately, I want the viewer to pause, savor, and reflect upon the moment of encounter. Through such liminal experience, one gains a renewed awareness of the body in space. By constructing moments of poetic beauty, I seek to offer some respite from the predictability and hectic demands of everyday life. ~Flora Kao

Flora Kao

Shroud, 2011 Vinyl tubing, monofilament, and video projection

Art Merge Lab

PMCA Pasadena Museum of California Art

LACE Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions

Irrational Exhibitions

Commonwealth & Council

Haus Gallery

Crossed, 2005 Fabric and thread on board

Edward Cella Art & Architecture

KCET Artbound

CO Architects

CSUF Grand Central Art Center

LA Times

Manifest Destiny, 2008
Real estate listings on wall

OC Weekly

La Sierra University Brandstater Gallery

City of Brea Art Gallery (2016)

City of Brea Art Gallery (2015)

Cypress College

Morning, 2006 C-print

Huffington Post


Artillery Magazine

Los Angeles Magazine

Los Angeles Daily News

Taiwanese American History

UCIrvine School of the Arts

White Collar Blue Collar, 2007 Men’s dress shirts and thread

Art & Education

ArtFile Magazine- Interview

The Architects Newspaper

LA Weekly

Issue Magazine- Interview

vas visual art source

Public Art: Tracing the shadows cast every hour on the hour on a single day, Passage is an ephemeral record of the passage of sunlight, time, and people around ordinary objects in concrete urban space

Pasadena Now

Pasadena Star-News

The Argonaut News

Easy Reader News

Out of Water, 2007 Plants and monofilament



KCRW podcast- Art Talk

Palimpsest, 2013 Archival inkjet print

Now Be Here NY Times

Now Be Here LA Times

Now Be Here Huffington Post

Now Be Here KCET

Now Be Here Art and Cake

Now Be Here Inside a Tipping Point

Now Be Here Film by Eric Minh Swenson

*The idea for the amazing Now Be Here event came from the brilliant mind of artist Kim Schoenstadt.

*Flora Kao- Now Be Here LA artist #466

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