Born in 1980 in Kanagawa, Japan, artist Yuko Mohri creates installations that hint at forces such as gravity, magnetism, and light. In 2015, she received a grant from the Asian Cultural Council for a six-month residency in New York.
She has participated in group shows including the Yokohama Triennale 2014 (Kanagawa), Kochi-Muziris Biennale 2016 (India), and the Biennale de Lyon 2017 (France). She has been named winner of Nissan Art Award 2015 Grand Prix, the Kanagawa Culture Award Culture and Future Prize in 2016, and the 67th Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts in 2017.
Message from the Artist
The other day I strolled from Lake Towada through Oirase Gorge. Massive boulders littered the valley floor, blocking the river and splitting waterfalls, torn from cliffs formed in an eruption over 200,000 years ago.
Trees and mushrooms grow among dense, bright green moss that covers the rocks. The rocks appear to stand still, but according to my guide, they have been in a constant state of motion, slowly rolling through the valley for hundreds of years. L ike a Rolling Stone played in super slow motion! Delicate bubbles form at places where enormous rocks resist the force of 5.2 tons of water rushing past every second.
Assume That There Is Friction and Resistance, held at the Towada Art Center, is my first solo exhibition at a museum.
In past works, I have channeled fluid states to produce artworks on movement and energy. Here I plan to make an all-new work with a particular focus on spirals and rotations, which, if we trace the history of modern art, have been the subjects of any number of artworks that include Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase, Vladimir Tatlin’s Monument to the Third International, Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, and the sculptures of Tony Cragg.
I believe that creators must have thought about energy and movement in their modes of expression, many of which continue to roll on in the present day. I hope that this exhibition will be an exploration that contributes to this enduring discussion of energy and movement.