“A Chair is a Mystery” Gakushi Yamamoto and Mai Morita

Gakushi Yamamoto has been intrigued with “Konseki”,  the idea of ephemeral energy traces. For example, when a person rises from a chair they leave behind an impression in the chair and the chair becomes the perfect vehicle for instantiating this phenomenon, thus “A Chair is a Chair is a Mystery”. This concept is expressed in his Trace #19 and Trace #20. In his piece “Skin”, Gakushi sees that life today has become so convenient and easy that just by moving our fingers over glass (phone or computer) we are able to obtain whatever, whenever. He sees the human mind evolving with technology, but fears the body may be decaying. In his piece “Mitate” (shown), Gakushi is still focused on “Konseki”, but also on the  impermanence and beauty in the nature of all beings: “wabi sabi”. Gakushi works in bronze and iron.

Mai Morita’s mixed media creations are done in ceramic, cement, marble, and white metal. They deal with “vague individuality” in our contemporary society.  Her focus is on the  loss of connections between people and things as we replace personal interactions with the internet (Air Bubble Sheet Body_2). Mai’s two new pieces are expressions of the other side of this “vague individuality”: the experience of loving anticipation and connecting with another, like the concepts of “Shitsurae and Omotenashi” together as shown in Shitsurae Flower #1 and Shitsurae Flower #2 .

We are honored to present these uniquely thoughtful creations of Gakushi Yamamoto and Mai Morita from Kyoto, Japan. Their work gives us some insight into their perspectives and concerns. We discover they are not far from our own.

OTA Contemporary continues to present beauty in the poetic expressions of artists today as they see our world changing. In sharing these experiential insights OTA hopes to deepen your visual passions and connections to art.

“A CHAIR IS A MYSTERY” featuring Gakushi Yamamoto and Mai Morita is at OTA Contemporary June 1 – 30, 2019.  Reception Friday, June 7th, 5:30-7:00pm.

For further information, please contact Michael Bundy at 505-930-7800.