Motoko Fukuyama: You Never Know What Idea You Might Have
January 3 – March 4, 2017
Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, You Never Know What Idea You Might Have will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.
All events are free and open to the public. Events are subject to change.
January 5, 6-8pm
Shopping at Argo: Opening Night Performance by Aki Onda
January 6-7, during public hours
Guest Artist: Ryan Foerster
January 10-11, during public hours
Guest Artist: Sam Moyer
January 12-14, during public hours
Guest Artist: Lucky DeBellevue
January 17-18, during public hours
Guest Artist: Aidas Bareikis
January 19-21, during public hours
Guest Artist: Aaron Suggs
January 24, during public hours
Guest Artist: Noah Sparkes
January 25-27, during public hours
Guest Artist: Hannah Buonaguro
January 28, during public hours
Guest Artist: Joel Morrison
January 31- February 1, during public hours
Guest Artist: Benny Merris
February 4, during public hours
Guest Artist: Meredyth Sparks
February 7, during public hours
Guest Artist: Kiki Kudo
February 8-9, during public hours
Guest Artist: Maria Chavez
February 10, 6-8pm
Performance by Maria Chavez and Hannah Buonaguro
February 16, during public hours
UVA Experimental Music Composers with Woodly Sullender and Paige Naylor
February 16, 6-8pm
Argonautica: Performance by UVA Experimental Music Composers with Woodly Sullender and Paige Naylor
March 2, 6-8pm
Closing Reception & Screening of You Never Know What Idea You Might Have
You Never Know What Idea You Might Have
On January 3, Motoko Fukuyama will begin work on You Never Know What Idea You Might Have, a two-month project that will forge links between Recess and Argo Electronics, located on Canal Street one block away from our storefront. Argo—a surplus electronics store that has been in existence since 1978 and is the last vestige of the Radio Row district in Lower Manhattan—will serve as both the subject for a new film by Fukuyama and the source of materials that a group of artists will use as props and narrative devices in the making of the film.
Throughout her Session, Fukuyama will present a range of guest artists with an opportunity to shop for intriguing objects from Argo’s inventory, while keeping in mind as their guiding motivation the store’s motto, “you never know what idea you might have.” The artists will return to Recess with the collected materials and concepts and will manipulate these as fodder for sculptures, poems, digital artworks, and more. Fukuyama will film the full range of the project’s activities, working toward the creation of a new quasi-documentary film about Argo’s history and its owner, David Lasevski. The Session will culminate with a screening of the film and a group exhibition of the guest artists’ creations.
As You Never Know What Idea You Might Have evolves, Recess will take on the appearance (and functionality) of a soundstage, production studio, and display space. Visitors will be invited to observe and participate as Fukuyama and the artists move back and forth between Argo and Recess, tracing a line of invention and experimentation across these distinct locations and reflecting on the personal and material histories that exist within the neighborhood.
Open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm; Thursday, 2-8pm
About the Artist
Motoko Fukuyama is an artist and filmmaker from Japan. She earned her BFA from Memphis College of Art, Memphis, Tennessee. She is a 2015 Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and 2017 MacDowell Colony Fellowship recipient. Her work is driven by a fascination with the art of storytelling and personal narrative. In making movies, she questions how place can shape the lived experiences and interior lives of her subjects. She creates an open and sympathetic space for exploring the socioeconomic realities and psychology of everyday life. She is interested in how events and environments shape people’s lives and how, in turn, people shape their own lives through self-narrative. Her approach is quasi-documentary, using real life stories and adapting them into more fantastical cinematic and sculptural scenarios. It is an inherently collaborative approach, one that forefronts both the subjects themselves, and the conditions surrounding her filming of their interactions and conversations. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works, the VIA Art Fund, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.