a rose is a rose is a rose is a rosa is a rosaceae is a rosale is a rosid
 
sievelikelens-shaped
bean-likeboat-shaped
whip-likescurfy
brainlikeflaky
sickle-shapedhooked
 
shaped like the beak of a falconlike a cut gem
like the coiled shell of a snaila hood or a lid
 
or slipper-shappedor scrotum-like
or sawdust-likeor wing-like
ladder-liketurnip-shaped
helmet-shapedshield-shaped
lance-shapedlyre-shaped
tongue-shapedbreast-shaped
 
with nipple like protuberancesmallow-like
resembling the horn of a cowmouse-colored
 
lead-coloredwine colored
many coloredwith many parts
with many formsmany-angled
with many whorlsand many spikes
with many flowerseach many-styled
and many stamen-edlime-loving
terminating abruptlyas if bitten off
 
with the margins rolled backwardan agreeable taste
fetid and lustrousbrilliant and finger-like
adapted for graspingweakly climbing
adventitiousseed-bearing
spadix bearingspathe bearing
bearing seleniumbearing resin
and oftenand sticky
Concrete chatter, architectonic splices, and vernacular patterns form the basis for Idea/Equivalent, Mamiko Otsubo’s first solo show in New York. Collectively the works unravel the distance between call and response with lilting ruminations and noiseless drama. Morphological reference is used as a general, all-purpose tool; a convenient marker for where the disconnect between the canonical and the vernacular takes place. Accordingly, characteristic meanings manifest themselves in their particular manner of reappearance and are expressed in use more so than in mention.















Installation View: Mamiko Otsubo Idea / Equivalent, Horton Gallery, Chelsea

Installation View: Mamiko Otsubo Idea / Equivalent, Horton Gallery, Chelsea


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