Emily Hall, “Mamiko Otsubo,” Artforum, Summer 2012
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.