Internationally acclaimed artists Yuko Mohri and David Horvitz having duo exhibition “summer rains” at SCAI THE BATHHOUSE

Installation view of “summer rains” (2019) by Yuko Mohri and David Horvitz
Photo by Nobutada Omote

Yuko Mohri and David Horvitz who each internationally acclaimed artists having their first duo exhibition at the SCAI THE BATHHOUSE. These two artists had a chance to have a conversation in Paris, and discussed that rain in summer has various faces. After this opportunity to have a discussion of rain, they focus on the studies of water and rain. According to them Rain in summer might have various faces such as a shower, a thunderstorm, a rain of the Star Festival in July. As a result, they show their works under the title “summer rains”

(Left )Yuko Mohri, More More: Showcase #1, 2019, 185.5 × 151.5 × 46 cm
Wheel, drum. washtub, bell. funnel, pomp, LED, soft-cream cup, water, etc.
(Right)Yuko Mohri, More More: Showcase #2, 2019, 95.5 × 120 × 45 cm
Bucket, PET bottle, pump, whisk, LED, water, etc.
Photo by Nobutada Omote

The water leak has been one of the main themes of Yuko Mohri. Especially water leak in Tokyo metro stations which occurs often but most people just pass by. In “summer rains”, she also presents her works related to the source of inspiration from her early career such as “Moré Moré (Leaky)” and “Moré Moré (Leaky): Tokyo”. By a form of Art, Mohri devise circuits of energies so that her devices can play out themselves in her installation work. The devices go under influence of the uncontrollable power and natural phenomena. Mohri also caused a water leak incident during her stay in Paris. “The Water Fall Given” is the work.

David Horvitz, you, cloud, rain, fog, puddle, sea, ocean, pond, dew, river, stream, glacier, mist, creek, snow, lake, vapor, 2019
Dimension Variable,Stamp
Photo by Nobutada Omote

Along with Mohri, American artist David Horvitz who mainly manipulates notions such as time, distance, to convert them into poetic and conceptual art in his witty way also present his works under the theme “summer rains”. Among his works in the exhibition, especially “Stamps” is enough to catch people’s eyes. He presents stamps expressing various state of water containing rain, river, sea and also “You” so that audiences can create a poem for themselves by using the stamps on a paper.

If we could say Mohri is focusing on a cycle of natural phenomenon occurring in artifact, a space used by human, Horvitz focuses on finding a relation in between water, sea and human beings and its meaning. “When the ocean sounds” is a work inspired by an idea of Rachel Carson, a maritime biologist who wrote about the similarity between human’s blood and seawater’s component. His another try to bring a metaphoric relation in between human beings and water could be seen in his work “Stamps” as well. It is found in open environment while Mohri researches on water under controlled conditions.  Their slightly different approaches on water, rain, and phenomena and human is an interesting point of the exhibition. Of course, the exhibition itself, it is a noteworthy exhibition in contemporary art scene happening in Tokyo nowadays in that respect these two global artists, Yuko Mohri and David Horbitz present their works together. The exhibition is from 19th July to 7th September, 2019 concluding summer holidays from 4th to 19th August, 2019.  For more information: SCAI THE BATHHOUSE

Article written by Jeongeun Jo
Jeongeun Jo is from Korea now living in Japan. She is one of the member of TRiCERA who graduated from Graduate School of Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA/ Geidai). She is also working as an artist herself .


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