Figuring the Floral features artists who employ flowers to explore representations of identity—constructing narratives on race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation, and aging. The exhibition includes paintings, collages, drawings, sculptures and an outdoor installation.
Artists: Derrick Adams, Nicole Awai, Bahar Behbahani, Christian Ruiz Berman, Sanford Biggers, Cecile Chong, Max Colby, Abigail DeVille, Valerie Hegarty, Christopher K. Ho and Kevin Zucker, Diana Lozano, Natalia Nakazawa, Ebony G. Patterson, Bundith Phunsombatlert, Lina Puerta, Simonette Quamina, David Rios Ferreira, Alexandria Smith, Katherine Toukhy, Lina Iris Viktor, William Villalongo and Saya Woolfalk.
In the Sunroom, Kate Bae’s immersive installation consists of flowers—created from layers of acrylic paint—that drape from the ceiling into a wishing well. The landscape evokes the ecosystem of Mount Halla on South Korea’s Jeju Island, a holy symbol. Inspired by the possible communication between South Korea and North Korea, Bae’s work examines the resilience of people and nature. In the Sun Porch, Riad Miah creates a multi-part installation of double-sided, oil and acrylic, rectangular paintings on Dura-Lar. He traces light throughout the calendar year to portray a sense of time, with each piece representing a single month.
In Wave Hill House, Christina Yuna Ko exhibits pastel-colored, wooden panels, reclaiming “cute” iconography as legitimate subjects of Korean American identity. In the Tea Room, Jia Sung’s paintings depict astrological animals, tarot card creatures and Buddhist iconography through a queer and zoological lens.
Free with admission to the grounds.
Pictured above: Lina Puerta, Broccoli Crop Workers (Farmworker Tapestries Series), 2017, cotton and linen pulp; lace, velvet, sequined fabrics, Aztec (Otomi) embroidered collar, trims, appliqués, velvet ribbon, fake fur, feathers, gouache and chains, 41 x 46 inches. Courtesy of the artist.