Harlem-based visual artist Tomo Mori will transform the Miller Theatre lobby at Columbia University in West Harlem into an immersive work surrounding viewers with a sponge-stamped waterfall of images, based on her cut and painted mosaic process.Entitled Concerto Encircling, 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 what she calls “Sakura Sanctuary” on the southern wall, evoking the delicate falling petals of cherry blossom trees.
Tomo Mori considers Concerto Encircling “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: “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.”
Concerto Encircling will be unveiled in the Miller Theatre lobby on September 13, 2016 at a reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m., open to the public. The opening event will include a brief Creative Conversation with the artist, co-sponsored by the University’s Arts Initiative.
This exhibit marks the fourth annual collaboration between Columbia’s two major artistic presenting spaces, The Wallach Art Gallery and Miller Theatre. Mori’s mural succeeds Scherezade Garcia’s swirling, flowing In Transit/Liquid Highway that adorned the walls last season, and before that murals by Maya Hayuk and Vargas-Suarez Universal. Mori’s immersive large-scale work will be displayed throughout the 2016-17 season, greeting thousands of concertgoers as they arrive for performances over the course of the year.
Located on Broadway at 116th Street, the Miller Theatre lobby is open to the public Monday through Friday, from 10am to 6pm, and beginning two hours before each scheduled performance.
Columbia University’s Miller Theatre is located north of the Main Campus Gate
at 116th St. & Broadway on the ground floor of Dodge Hall, Harlem, New York www.millertheatre.com, 212.854.7799.