2021.04.17 - 2021.05.22
2021.04.17 - 2021.05.22
We are pleased to present Yuko Mohri: SOLO, the artist’s third solo exhibition at Project Fulfill Art Space, opening in April. Due to the travel restrictions under the current world-wide COVID-19 pandemic, this will be our first exhibition planned and executed remotely. Yuko Mohri’s new work was developed and shaped under this challenging situation and finds humor and beauty within the day to day realities brought by the pandemic.
Yuko Mohri first conceived of the work Solo in late 2019, shortly before travel became impossible due to the worldwide pandemic COVID-19. Mohri originally intended to create a piano system that could be used to collaborate with dancers, poets, and other performers, those mercurial and loquacious people. Then we found ourselves in a world swept up by COVID-19, where it was imperative to rigorously maintain the appropriate distance from other people. Mohri decided to leave the urban hubbub behind to hole up in a mountain cottage by the ancient Lake Biwa (said to be one of the oldest in the world). Thinking that the secluded, pitch dark forest would be filled with silence, what Mohri found was that nature too, was mercurial and loquacious, with waves beating against the shore, rain drizzling on rice paddies, trees rustling in the wind, bonfires crackling, water birds squawking, and native freshwater fish getting grilled over the charcoal. Mohri bought a microphone and began to record day after day, the sounds of the natural world, that suddenly became as close and friendly as the human world felt foreign and distant.
Yuko Mohri developed her piano installation to transform the sounds of nature into an impromptu solo. Her pre-recordings of the environment play within the exhibition space, in which the sounds emitted are picked up by a microphone connected to a MIDI self-playing piano, which converts and plays these sounds as new compositions. However, rather than replicating the exact pitch of sounds, Mohri’s installation picks up sound spectrums, keeping inaccuracies and time lags, reflecting her unique style of humor and observation of the natural world. Waves, wind and fire, each of them sings a solo; dancing, chanting, and otherwise performing, the spectrums of the natural world are continuously transformed through the microphone into a strange and mesmerizing piano recital, that is both an ode and requiem for humans confronted with the revelation that we are interwoven within the same song of nature.