Aki Mori

Rain

DATESJuly 25 – October 4, 2009

RECEPTIONFriday, July 31, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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Aki Mori

Aki Mori, from the Rain Series, n.d., photograph

Artist’s Statement

I took these photographs on the streets on which I drive almost every day, in an everyday neighborhood. I shot them with a digital camera from inside of my car on rainy days. I shot them directly and exactly as I saw, and I did not edit them at all on the computer; I tried to print the images as closely and truthfully as possible to how they had been recorded by the camera.

When I park the car on the same spot on a clear day, I am amazed how different the scene looks from the one I photographed. There is no doubt that I clicked the shutter right on this spot, yet I do not recall the scene in front of my eyes at all. I do not remember what was happening here when I took that photograph.

Now, I keenly realize how certain is the function of vision, and how uncertain is the function of memory. In another words, it is only meaningful for me that "I saw it", but it is far less important what I saw or where I was. The distorted image through the car window, which is covered with raindrops, is the only proof that I came across that very spot at that very moment, regardless of where or what it was.

These images are the hard copies of my visual activities. They are things that would disappear at each instant, or that would create a chain of uncertain imaginations, without the action of recording by a camera. I think that the recording of images dittoed from my retina is the exact trace of my visual activity, and that there is no participation of vague memory or ambiguous thought.

~Aki Mori

Aki Mori’s evocative photographs can be seen at the Triton Museum of Art July 25 through October 4, 2009. There will be a reception to meet the artist Friday, July 31, 2009 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

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