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
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
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*Flora Kao- Now Be Here LA artist #466