Yuko Mohri + David Horvits “Summer Rains”
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The title of the exhibition is inspired by the term “summer rains” mentioned by Horvitz during a recent conversation with Mohri in Paris. Just after the meeting, where they discussed rain in summer as having various faces: a shower, a thunderstorm, and rain on the Star Festival in July, an unexpected water leak struck in Mohri’s hotel in Paris. The incident adds a surprising element to the show.
Since early in her career, Yuko Mohri has focused on invisible energies indispensable to our lives such as gravity, magnetism, light, or wind. In her kinetic sculptures, Mohri establishes circuits and lets her devices play out within their own structures, influenced by the power of uncontrollable and natural phenomena. “Moré Moré (Leaky),” a recurrent theme inspired by the Tokyo subway station water leaks and repair methods, is transformed and presented this time as a cabinet. “Calls” makes use of the features of the gallery with sound-emitting objects that bring tension to the gallery with subtle and irregular movements.
American-born artist David Horvitz manipulates notions of time and distance while mundane items such as flowers and stones are also found in his witty, somewhat poetic conceptual practice. Inspired by an idea maritime biologist Rachel Carson observed in the similarity between the seawater components and human blood, Horvitz interpreted the sound of the sea into an onomatopoeia for human voice to imitate in “When the Ocean Sounds” (2018–). The newly produced pieces in Japanese welcome visitors from outside of the gallery while watercolors are displayed on the walls.
Horvitz will also present rubber stamps expressing various states of water. Visitors can freely use them to make a poem about water to take home. Evoking a constant interchange among sea, water, and humans, these pieces imply that we came from a continuous formation of earth deployed on a basis of universal time. “Mood Disorder” (2012–), on the other hand, questions the concept of authorship and documents the propagation of the image of Horvitz himself across the internet.
The two-person exhibition dedicated to the studies of water and rain will in fact be full of various noises: water, sounds made by objects, radios, or possibly human voices. The rainfall in the middle of the intense heat of summer has been considered a blessing since ancient times. The fruits of the two artists’ practices revolving around “summer rains” may fill the gallery space with a temptation of listening, playing, or meditating on the sea, the rain, and ultimately ourselves.
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