76 Grand Street
Mariko Mori was part of the vanguard of artists who fused performance with painting, sculpture, and photography. In this exhibition, she presented four large-scale photographic works that mix fantasy and reality. The artist appeared costumed as a cyborg in settings typical of contemporary Japan.
Mori is fascinated by the way contemporary Japanese society balances technology, make-believe, and humanity. With an affectionate perspective on her native country, she explores the way fantasy and reality overlap in contemporary Japanese consciousness. The outrageous interventions of her cyborg persona into typical scenes of Japanese urban life seem surprisingly natural. Most of the passersby in "The Beginning of the End," her tableau of Shibuya Station, see nothing out of the ordinary in the presence of a lime green–costumed space cadet levitating in a plastic capsule in the middle of Tokyo’s busiest public passage.Drawing on her experience as a fashion model, her studies in fashion design, and her acute cinematic sense of scene, Mori created photographic tableaux that characterize the contradictions of contemporary Tokyo. It is a world where characters step out of comic books to stalk the streets, and real people withdraw from their grim routines to lose themselves in cartoon fantasies. It was once assumed that the conflation of fantasy and reality was a sign of mental illness; now it may be a sign of healthy adjustment to contemporary life.
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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