Concerto Encircling September 13, 2016 – July 3, 2017
Curated by Deborah Cullen
A site-specific installation for Miller Theatre, Columbia University in collaboration with The Wallach Art Gallery
Harlem-based visual artist Tomo Mori will transform the Miller Theatre lobby into an immersive work surrounding viewers with a sponge-stamped waterfall of images, based on her cut and painted mosaic process, in which multi-color impressions will cover deep blue walls, while cut transparent vinyl pieces will continue the imagery across the lobby’s glass doors. In contrast to the ultramarine northern lobby, Mori will create “Sakura Sanctuary” on the southern wall, evoking the delicate falling petals of cherry blossom trees.
Tomo Mori considers “Concerto Encircling” as “a journey through memory in time. It comes full circle and goes round and round. Aggregates of small bits of colors create oblique, flowing forms similar to those found in nature, like waterfalls and trees, which are then filtered and disseminated through digital media.” Wallach Art Gallery Director and Chief Curator, Deborah Cullen, notes that “This is a moment to celebrate Mori’s unique work. Her labor-intensive, mosaic-like process reminds us that tessellation exists in both nature’s honeycombs as well as the digital realm.”
Miller Theatre is located north of the Columbia University's main campus gate at 116th St. and Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall. The theatre lobby is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and beginning two hours before each scheduled performance.