18 Wooster Street
Deitch Projects presented Oneness, an exhibition of new work by Mariko Mori. The exhibition coincided with the Public Art Fund’s installation of Mori’s Wave UFO. Oneness featured two bodies of work, both related to the Wave UFO project.
Oneness was a sculpture of six “alien” figures, linking hands in a circle. The aliens connoted otherness, but were irresistibly attractive, encouraging the viewer to kneel down and hug them. When the viewer participated in the work by hugging the figures and welcoming them, the aliens’ eyes lit up and their hearts started beating. When all six were hugged at once the base lit up as well. The figures were made with Technogel, a high tech flexible material molded onto a metal armature.
Oneness was an allegory of connectedness, a representation of the disappearance of boundaries between the self and others. It was a symbol of the acceptance of otherness and a model for overcoming national and cultural borders. It also was a representation of the Buddhist concept of oneness, of the world existing as one interconnected organism.
Connected World, the other major new work in the exhibition, was a series of six circular photopaintings in opalescent cast acrylic frames. The work was developed from a series of paintings that served as the storyboard for the immersive video
that was projected in the interior dome of the Wave UFO. The paintings were reworked with computer graphics and then transformed into photographs. The works represented the artist’s vision of a connected world, depicting a sequence of deeper dimensions of consciousness and connectedness. Mori's concept of connectedness applied not only to humans, but to every living being. Connected World was an example of her unique fusion of artistic media into a single object. The work combined painting, computer graphics, photography, and sculpture.
Oneness represented Mariko Mori’s progression toward a deeper level of abstraction. Her presence was dematerialized and was embodied within the work. The work retained an element of performance, which was activated through the viewer’s participation.
The Wave UFO, presented by the Public Art Fund and sponsored by Bloomberg, was on view at 590 Madison Avenue at 56th Street from May 10 – July 31, concurrently with the Deitch Projects exhibition.
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
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The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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