MARIKO MORI'S EXHIBITION

 "REBIRTH"

AT JAPAN SOCIETY

"The chain of life reaching back through history, and our ancestors' reverence for the natural world, remind us how interwoven we are with our environment.” - Mariko Mori

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Transcircle
Transcircle

Transcircle 1.1, 2004. Stone, Corian, LED, Real-time control system; 132 3/8 inches diam., each stone 43 3/8 x 22 ¼ x 13 ½ inches. Courtesy of The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

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Transcircle
Transcircle

Transcircle 1.1, 2004. Stone, Corian, LED, Real-time control system; 132 3/8 inches diam., each stone 43 3/8 x 22 ¼ x 13 ½ inches. Courtesy of The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

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PrimalMemory
PrimalMemory

Primal Memory, 2004. Lucite; 9 7/8 x 50 x 51 inches. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York.

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FOREGROUND
FOREGROUND

FOREGROUND: Flatstone, 2006. Ceramic stones and acrylic vase; 192 × 124 × 3 1/2 inches. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York.

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Ring
Ring

Ring, 2012. Lucite; 48 inches diam., 2 2/5 inches thick. © Faou Foundation, New York. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York. Installation photograph by Richard Goodbody.

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Alaya
Alaya

Ālaya, 2013. Video; 2 minutes, 30 seconds. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York.

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Higher Being
Higher Being

Higher Being no. 42, 2009. Mixed media on paper; 22 x 30 inches. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York.

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FOREGROUND
FOREGROUND

FOREGROUND: Tama I, 2011. Epoxy with pearlescent finish; 13 inches diam. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York. BACKGROUND (LEFT TO RIGHT): White Hole VII, 2009. Mixed media on plexiglass panel; 50 × 55 inches. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York. Higher Being no. 35, 2009. Mixed media on paper; 20 × 30 inches. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbur L. Ross. White Hole no. 47Stone Circle, Ōyu, 2004. Piezo dye print; 21 ¾ x 26 7/8 inches. Courtesy of

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Miracle
Miracle

Miracle, 2001. Eight Cibachrome prints, diachronic glass, salt, and crystals; each element 27 1/4 inches. Collection of Mr. Chen Rong-Chuan. Installation photograph by Richard Goodbody.

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Miracle
Miracle

Miracle, 2001. Eight Cibachrome prints, diachronic glass, salt, and crystals; each element 27 ¼ inches. Collection of Mr. Chen Rong-Chuan. Photo by Ole Hein Pedersen.

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FOREGROUND
FOREGROUND

FOREGROUND: Journey to Seven Light Bay, Primal Rhythm, 2011. Video with sound; 5 minutes, 14 seconds. Sound by Ken Ikeda. © Faou Foundation, New York. Courtesy of Adobe Museum of Digital Media. BACKGROUND: Photo documentation of Sun Pillar, Primal Rhythm, 2011. C-print; 55 × 40 inches. © Faou Foundation, New York. Photo by Richard Learoyd. Installation photograph by Richard Goodbody.

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Journey To Seven Light Bay
Journey To Seven Light Bay

Journey to Seven Light Bay, Primal Rhythm, 2011. Video with sound; 5 minutes, 14 seconds. Sound by Ken Ikeda. © Faou Foundation, New York. Courtesy of Adobe Museum of Digital Media.

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White Hole
White Hole

White Hole, 2008–10. Acrylic and LED lights; 136 1/8 × 103 1/2 inches. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York. Installation photograph by Richard Goodbody.

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White Hole VII
White Hole VII

White Hole VII, 2009. Mixed media on Plexiglass panel; 50 x 55 inches. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York.

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Kudaka III
Kudaka III

Kudaka Island Site Installation III, 2004. Piezo dye print; 50 ½ x 43 7/8 inches. Courtesy of SCAI THE BATHHOUSE, Tokyo and Sean Kelly, New York.

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All photographs by Mariko Mori

REBIRTH

 

    A sense of unobtrusive tranquility in a current Mariko Mori's exhibition "Rebirth" evokes questions about eternity in a philosophical perspective of life's ongoing circle that begins at birth, continues in existence and culminates in death. Exploration of life's inevitable segments lead Mori's exhibition to be divided into three parts which are harmonically displayed throughout the gallery. Artist used different types of media such as sculpture, drawing, video and photography in order to create 35 installations which are currently shown at Japan Society through January 12, 2014.

 

    Take your time to fully enjoy each piece without trying to find an explanation. Let your imagination to flow and to take you above the physical reality. Spiritual minimalism of this quite unique presentation may shift you into a meditative mood. Perhaps, consider to spend extra few minutes in the Rebirth room, it is infused with unexplainable magical feeling of insufferable nihility.

 

    For more information regarding Mariko Mori's exhibition, please visit www.japansociety.org

by Yulia Rock

 

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