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Art Exhibit: Xia Gao - "Reside"
Start Date: 3/20/2017Start Time: 10:00 AM
End Date: 3/20/2017End Time: 4:00 PM
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Event Description:
"Reside" is a solo exhibition by textile and installation artist Xia Gao. The artist’s work explores personal and cultural adaptation and transformation in installations through the interplay of textile and space. "Reside" presents a reflection Gao’s personal experiences and renewed connection to Chinese culture, as well as the intersection between man and nature, tradition, and contemporary practice.

Gao’s work involves a continuously evolving hybrid-making process, which blends digital and manual skills and integrates traditional techniques with new innovations. This experimental approach to art making comes as a natural fit into her transcultural perspective and position. The exhibition will include works that reflect Gao’s ability to work with textiles, installation, and mixed- media. As part of an ongoing series, "Dwell.Rest" consists of a queen-sized bed and single pillow dressed in simple black sheets. Rising from the pillow into the ceiling rafters are hundreds of translucent strands of thread. The threads then hang down, weighted only by sewing needles tied to their ends. This installation reflects the artist’s concern for people’s living conditions in relation to air pollution, specifically in China’s more-developed urban centers.

Xia Gao is an Associate Professor of Apparel and Textile Design at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. She received her Bachelor of Art in Fashion Design and Master of Engineering in Apparel Design from China Textile University (formerly Dong Hua University). She also received her Master of Fine Arts in Textile Art and Design from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Location Information:
UNC Campus - Guggenheim Hall
Contact Information:
Name: Pam Campanaro
Phone: 351-2184
Xia Gao, Dwell, mixed-media installation, 2016
Room #/Name
Mariani Gallery, Room 100
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