A review of Jae Ko's installation flow at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston:
At CAMH, the artist has created a room-sized relief sculpture. The installation turns the walls of the gallery space into a landscape. Enveloping the space in frost, glaciers float across the walls, melting out onto the ground and flowing into the space. Ko’s glaciers, though, are stacks of rolled paper that vary in shades of white, from a pure, stark white to warmer tones. Perhaps this warmth is why they seem to melt out towards visitors’ feet, only to freeze again, static in their shape.
[flow2] Ko has arranged these rolls, stretched them out, stacked and layered them so that the paper juts outward and pushes inward. The paper relief undulates, creating the illusion of a shimmering glacier as one walks by. The artist has a strong bond with the material, which she’s worked with for most of the career; she speaks to it, both literally and through intuition, listening and allowing it to shape itself.