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Reach Out #3

1989 Yuriko Yamaguchi Born: Osaka, Japan 1948 natural, stained and painted wood overall: 34 x 72 1/2 x 3 in. (86.4 x 184.2 x 7.6 cm.) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of Anthony T. Podesta 1998.152A-C Smithsonian American Art Museum
Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor, W310

Luce Center Quote

"Connections [are] the essence of my work." Yuriko Yamaguchi, interview, December 20, 2005

Luce Center Label

Reach Out #3 is both an abstract sculpture and a portrayal of two people talking. In the 1980s, Washington, D.C., artist Yuriko Yamaguchi created a number of hanging wall structures that attempted to "bridge [a] distance or void" by "unifying two things" with wood. She was inspired to create this series by AT&T's advertising slogan urging customers to "reach out and touch someone." Here, she chose to link the two figures with a fragile twig that emphasizes the fleeting nature of their conversation. Yamaguchi also wanted to explore connections between the man-made and the natural, so she linked two milled and treated pieces of lumber with a stick that she found on a long walk in the woods. (Yuriko Yamaguchi, interview, December 20, 2005)