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Mariko Mori, Plasma Stone I, 2017–18, dichroic coated layered acrylic, Corian, 76 3/8 x 31 1/2 x 44 1/8".

Mariko Mori

Sean Kelly Gallery

Mariko Mori, Plasma Stone I, 2017–18, dichroic coated layered acrylic, Corian, 76 3/8 x 31 1/2 x 44 1/8".

The indelible avatars for which Mariko Mori gained fame in the early years of her shape-shifting practice—cyborg teenybopper, anime ingenue, extraterrestrial geisha, digital mermaid, 3-D empress—were, despite the outsize way they figure into most accountings of her career, actually a fairly short-lived aspect of her conceptual program. Mori’s celebrated masquerades gave way after only a half decade or so, following which she withdrew as a subject of her own work and redirected her pursuit of extravagant otherworldly hybridities into seamlessly finished structures and sculptures. The artist’s most recent show at Sean Kelly Gallery testified to her ongoing interest in techno-spiritual materials and forms, and in employing them as a means to translate into highly polished objecthood a mind-boggling range of abstract philosophical, scientific, and transcendental concepts.

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