Yuko MOHRI Solo Exhibition, Pleated Image
4/9 (Sat.) - 5/15 (Sun.), 2016
Opening Reception : 4/9 (Sat.) 6-9pm

*waitingroom is open Monday from 5-11pm, and Friday to Sunday from 1-7pm during the exhibition.
*Opening reception is from 6pm to 9pm on the first day of the exhibition- Saturday, April 9th, while the exhibition starts from 1pm.

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*The images automatically scanned by the installation are uploaded on Flickr continuously in a real time during the exhibition period.

installation view (photo by Ujin Matsuo)

Tokyo, Japan - waitingroom is pleased to announce Yuko MOHRI Solo Exhibition "Pleated Image" which is the artist’s solo exhibition for the first time in three years at our gallery. It will showcase her brand new installation which consists of scanners and scanned images, formerly exhibited in the exhibition "THE BEGINNINGS (or Open-Ended)" [2nd period] through February 26th to March 27th at Minatomachi POTLUCK BUILDING (Nagoya), and more brushed up version will be presented in the exhibition at our gallery. It is MOHRI’s first installation work to express the relationship between three-dimensional and two-dimensional searching through the relationship between object and image.

About the artist
Born in 1980 in Kanagawa, lives and works in Tokyo. Yuko MOHRI produces installations that convey intangible energies such as magnetism, gravity, light, and temperature, by creating assemblages of reconfigured everyday items and machine parts collected in cities around the world. She stayed in New York for 6 months from spring 2015 as a grantee of Asian Cultural Council (ACC) and won the grand prix of "NISSAN ART AWARD 2015" in the same year. Her recent major exhibitions include "The Way Things Go" (Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, 2016), "Mirror Mirror" (Kate Werble Gallery, New York, 2015), "Yokohama Triennale 2014" (Yokohama Museum, Yokohama, 2014), "Sapporo International Art Festival 2014" (Seikatei / Chi Ka Ho, Sapporo, 2014), "Unseen Existence" (Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong, 2014), "OROCHI" (waitingroom, Tokyo, 2013), "Circus" (Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Bloomberg Pavilion, Tokyo, 2012) and many others both in Japan and abroad. She will stay as an artist-in-residence at Victoria and Albert Museum (London) and then at Camden Arts Centre (London) from summer to fall total for 4 months. During the same time of our exhibition, MOHRI is also participating in the group exhibition "Roppongi Crossing 2016 : My Body, Your Voice" at Mori Art Museum (3/26-7/10).

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"Pleated Image" = a manufactured coincidental outcome revealed by the image of pleats
Ribbons, feather dusters, butterfly toys, coins, LED lights…these familiar objects from MOHRI’s past works are set on several scanners and they move based on their individual mechanics. The movement of these objects is scanned on each of the scanners continuously and the image data is saved onto the hard disk one after another. As long as the scanner is working, the image grows semi-permanently, and it includes the concept of movement and time in a different aspect from videos (movies) that is based on a linear timeline. The artist named this installation device that creates various takes on movement and time as an image of numerous pleats folding on top of the other = "Pleated Image." (The ‘image’ is singular because the artist has in mind the various aspects of a single image and not the multiple images of it.)

The massive volumes of image data endlessly generated by the installation device clearly have an art historical reference, such as "chronophotography" by Etienne-Jules Marey, and "photogram (rayogram)" by Moholy-Nagy László and Man Ray. MOHRI’s signature works have been mechanical installations until today. Her very first visual image piece seems to introduce to the world the inheritance of the visual experiment.

Also, MOHRI compares these image data that includes such elements as Are, Bure, Boke (rough, blurred and out-of-focus) and digital errors to "ghost photography," in the way it brings into view "something that should not be there." Ghost photography became a popular topic from the late 19th century and into the 20th century. They come into effect when the viewers project their emotions onto the ambiguous image that is shown in the picture, and the same can be said about MOHRI’s work. The artist’s statement could be that live art comes into effect for the first time when the imaginations of the audience access the manmade mechanical devices. She says, "My interest is in the artistic approach on the process of generating ambiguous states of blurred and swaying objects and events, and accessing the human imagination with it."

MOHRI has been introducing various works based on her interest in the "blur" and "sway" created by natural phenomenon, such as the malfunctioning of a device, light, wind, and magnetic force. The audience standing within her installation that visualizes the invisible force must have "sensed" a presence as if someone was there. There may be an invisible product of coincidence in the enormous amount of "pleated image data" presented in her work for this exhibition, Pleated Image. The "sense" that was apparent in MOHRI’s past works are demonstrated to us as "visual images" for this show.

Following her new work, Moré Moré (Leaky): The Falling Water Given #1-3 which won the grand prize at the "Nissan Art Award 2015," MOHRI continues her ambitious challenges. We hope for you to come and enjoy her latest works.

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Yuko MOHRI artist page

Artist Biography

1980 Born in Kanagawa. Living and working in Tokyo
2006 M.F.A. Tokyo University of the Arts, Department of Inter-Media Art
2004 B.F.A. Tama Art University, Department of Information Design

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, NY, United States (upcoming)
Project Fulfill Art Space, Taipei, Taiwan (upcoming)
"Pleated Image," waitingroom, Tokyo, Japan

" ART 021 Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair," Shanghai Exhibition Center, Shanghai, China
"Observation of the Senses," Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan

"Ribbon / Reborn," Musashino Place, Tokyo, Japan
"Sauvage – Wild in the City," Art Center Ongoing, Tokyo, Japan
"Yuko Mohri (Art Taipei 2013)," Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
"Tokai Polyrhythm," Kawaguchi Media Seven, Saitama, Japan
"Show Case," Baus Theater, Bakuon Film Festival Vol.6, Tokyo, Japan
"Orochi," waitingroom, Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo, Japan

"Circus," Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
"Circuits," adanda Gallery, Osaka, Japan
"Circles," waitingroom, Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions, Tokyo, Japan
"Circles," Agencia de Apoyo a la Arquitectura, Barcelona, Spain

"Holiday Bikini," Uplink Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"One Day Dallas," Roji to Hito Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
"Everyday Laos," 20202 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

Left) Ofuna Flower Center, 2015 , installation view (Minatomachi POTLUCK BUILDING, Photo : Ryohei Tomita)
Right) I/O - Chamber of a Musical Composer-, Yokohama Triennale 2014 , installation view (Photo courtesy of Organizing Committee for Yokohama Triennale, Photo : Yuichiro Tanaka)

Selected Group Exhibitions

"Roppongi Crossing 2016," Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (upcoming)
"Regeneration Movement," National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts,Taichung, Taiwan (upcoming)
"The Beginnings (or open-ended)" [2nd period], Potluck Building Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
S-House Museum, Okayama, Japan
"The Way Things Go," Taipei Fine ArtsMuseum, Taipei, Taiwan

"Plus Ultra: the Art Fair," Spiral, Tokyo, Japan
"Nissan Art Award 2015," BankART Studio NYK, Yokohama, Japan
"2015 Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize (Art Taipei 2015)," Taipei World Trade Center, Taipei, Taiwan
"The Beginnings (or Open-Ended)," Potluck Building Gallery, Nagoya, Japan
"Spectrum," Spiral Garden, Tokyo, Japan
"Mirror Mirror," Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY, United States
"Grow Up Artist Project 2014 Report," Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan

"Unseen Existence," Hong Kong Arts Centre, Hong Kong
"Some Like it Witty," Gallery Exit, Hong Kong
"Red Bull Music Academy Tokyo 2014," Red Bull, Tokyo, Japan
"DOMMUNE University of the Arts," 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
"PICA Salon 2014," Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
“Yokohama Triennale 2014,” Yokohama Museum of Art, Kanagawa, Japan
“Media Art/Kitchen Aomori,” Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan
“Sapporo International Art Festival 2014,” Hokkaido, Japan
“Summer Group Show: From Now On,” waitingroom, Tokyo, Japan
“Causality: Kinetic Expressions,” 1335MABINI, Manila, Philippines
“Art, Media and I, Tokyo (Art Fair Tokyo 2014),” Tokyo International Forum, Tokyo, Japan
“Casette & Radio-Casette-Deck Diffusion Project,” TENSAI-SANSUJUKU, Tokyo, Japan
“Transmediale 14,” Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, Germany
“Another Side of ISOZAKI ARATA’s Solaris,” Tokyo University of the Arts, Art Media Center, Tokyo, Japan

“Future Instrument Library,” OTOUFUYA, Tokyo, Japan
“Media Art/Kitchen,” Gallery National Indonesia, Indonesia
“Art DJ KATA-000,” KATA Liquidroom, Tokyo, Japan
“The Things We Have Overlooked,” Sendai Mediatheque, Miyagi, Japan

“Anonymous Life,” NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan
“Art and Music,” Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan
“Shibukarusai (Shibuya Cultural Festival),” Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“x_sound,” Nam June Paik Art Center, Yongin, Korea

“Alternating Currents,” Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts, Perth, Australia
“Tokyo Art- Power Plant,” Tokyo University of the Arts Gypsum Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
“Shibukarusai (Shibuya Cultural Festival),” Parco Museum, Tokyo, Japan
“Azumabashi Dance Closing 2011,” Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan
“John Cage Variations VII,” Asahi Art Square, Tokyo, Japan

“Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 2010: Resonance,” Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito, Ibaraki, Japan
“Occult Technics,” Akiba Tamabi 21 Gallery, Tokyo, Japan

“Otomo Yoshihide Ensembles 09 Rest-ful Musical Devices,” 3331 Arts Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
“Coded Cultures,” MuseumsQuartier Wien, Wien, Austria
“Re-Reproduction / Senses in Contemporary – for Awazu Kiyoshi,” Kawasaki City Museum, Kanagawa, Japan
“Radiator Festival 2009,” Broadway Media Centre, Nottingham, England

“Extended Senses,” NTT InterCommunication Center [ICC], Tokyo, Japan
“The 5th Seoul International Media Art Biennale (Media City Seoul),” Seoul, Korea
“Extended Senses,” Alternative Space Loop, Seoul, Korea
“AV Festival 08: Broadcast,” Discovery Museum Newcastle Gateshead, Newcastle, England

Left) Urban Mining, 2015 , installation view (SPIRAL, Courtesy of SPIRAL/Wacoal Art Center Photo: Nobutada Omote)
Right) Moré Moré (Leaky): The Falling Water Given #1-3, 2015 , installation view (NISSAN ART AWARD2015, photo: Keizo Kioku)

Artist In Residence

2016 Camden Arts Centre, London, United Kingdom (upcoming)
2016 Victoria and Albert Museum, London United Kingdom (upcoming)
2015 Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, United States
2014 Aomori Contemporary Art Center, Aomori, Japan
2011 Hangar Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain
2008 s/lab Sunderland University, Sunderland, United Kingdom
2007 s/lab Sunderland University, Sunderland, United Kingdom

Grants and Awards

2015 Grand Prix, Nissan Art Award 2015
2015 Honorary Mention, 2015 Jaguar Asia Tech Art Prize
2015 Arts Council Tokyo Fiscal Year 2015, Arts Council Tokyo (for Observation of the Senses)
2014 The Fellowship Grants Individuals 2014, Asian Cultural Council (ACC)
2014 Grow Up Artist Project 2014, Asahi Art Square
2014 Award “The Bacon Prize,” Art Fair Tokyo 2014
2014 Research of Arts and Cultural Exchange for ASEAN (18th to 23rd Feb), Japan Foundation
2011 Barcelona Exchange Residency Program, Tokyo Wonder Site
2007 Daiwa Foundation Small Grant, The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation
2007 Award Granted for Arts & Culture, The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation
2007 Asia-Europe Foundation Award
2006 Honorary mention, Ars Electronica 06
2006 Second Prize, Transmediale06


Current and upcoming other exhibitions and residencies

Group Exhibition “The Way Things Go”
Dates: 1/23 (Fri.) - 4/17 (Sun.), 2016
Venue: Taipei Fine Arts Museum (Taiwan, Taipei)

Group Exhibition “Regeneration Movement”
Dates: 3/19 (Sat.) - 5/22 (Sun.), 2016
Venue: National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts (Taiwan, Taichung)

Group Exhibition “Roppongi Crossing 2016: My Body, Your Voice”
Dates: 3/26 (Sat.) - 7/10 (Sun.), 2016
Venue: Mori Art Museum (Japan, Tokyo)

Solo Exhibition
Dates: 6/11 (Sat.) - 7/18 (Mon.), 2016
Venue: Project Fulfill Art Space (Taiwan, Taipei)

Artist In Residence
Dates: July - August, 2016
Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum (UK, London)

Artist In Residence
Dates: September - October, 2016
Venue: Camden Arts Centre (UK, London)

Solo Exhibition
Dates: November, 2016
Venue: Jane Lombard Gallery (US, New York)

Artist Website:


<Exhibition Overview>
Exhibition Title : Pleated Image
Artist : Yuko MOHRI
Duration: 4/9 (Sat.) - 5/15 (Sun.), 2016

Opening Reception: 4/9 (Sat.) 6-9pm
Hours: Fri.-Sun. 1-7pm Mon. 5-11pm
Closed: Tue.-Thu.
Venue: waitingroom
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Inquiry: (Director: Tomoko Ashikawa)



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