Yoshiaki Mochizuki

Summer Solstice

Jun 23 — Jul 29, 2016
New York, Chelsea

For his third solo exhibition with Marlborough, New-York based artist Yoshiaki Mochizuki has created a dozen new paintings on wood panels featuring his signature use of layered gesso, burnishing clay, ink, pigments and precious metal leafing. These materials are each subjected to various treatments including sanding, polishing and manual distressing. Finally, the surfaces are scored with a needle resulting in highly detailed, tightly wrought patterning, and a dynamic excavation of these underlying layers.

In contrast to his earlier work (and as a result of a recent trip through national parks of the American Southwest including Zion and Monument Valley), these scored lines have taken on more curves and irregularities, evoking geological strata and erosion where the grid had prevailed in the past. This bent towards a more biomorphic, undulating line helps to underscore a consistent humanizing thread throughout the artist’s practice, and a particular relationship to the body. As usual, the relatively small paintings are all hung at the artist’s height of 5 feet 9 inches indicating that they function as an analogue for the artist’s head or face. As we move around the room in relation to them, their surfaces are in a constant dynamic flux that suggests movement, respiration, and expression. Importantly, as a viewer is reflected in their surface, the works also change dramatically as a result, instigating an ongoing choreography for the paintings, their audience and surroundings.


5.15.2016a copy
5.15.2016, 2016, gesso on board, clay, moongold leaf, 18 × 18 in., 45.7 × 45.7 cm
Yoshiaki mochizuki, summer solstice, installation view 2
Installation View.
Yoshiaki mochizuki, summer solstice, installation view 4
Installation View.
4.16.2016, 2016, gesso on board, clay, palladium leaf, 10 × 10 in., 25.4 × 25.4 cm
4.23.2016, 2016, gesso on board, ink, clay, palladium leaf, 8 × 10 in., 20.3 × 25.4 cm
Untitled 56
Installation View.


Mochizuki  6.6  2016  gesso on board  clay  moongold leaf  18 x 18 in.  45.72 x 45.72 cm  cnon 58.079
Yoshiaki mochizuki and viewing room forbes 6 cant miss art shows of the week by adam lehrer forbes marlborough