On The Shore On The shore — 21 November 2014
A meditation on music, and aging, in Boca Raton

From PRIME, a special edition of City & Shore Magazine

By John Dolen

Film clips of four women – all over 70 – playing Chopin, as a museum exhibit? What could this be about? Does it say something about not underestimating the senior years? Does it say something about our stereotypes of classical pianists?

Perhaps that’s part of what Tokyo-born, London-based artist Shizuka Yokomizo is getting at. But Boca Museum of Art curator Kathleen Goncharov is coy about interpreting Yokomizo’s work: “Like all art, it is subject to your own interpretation.”

Yokomizo’s video installation, on exhibit through Jan. 11 at the museum, consists of two 4-by-8-foot projection screens. Seen on one are the women playing a Chopin waltz. On the other are images of the women’s homes and gardens, i.e., what they likely see every day.

“The music is a concrete marking of time, it gives tangible form to that which is constantly moving through us, just as old age is an accumulation of traces of time on our body,” Yokomizo writes. “These elderly female pianists provide meaning and beauty to what they are constantly losing, and provoke thoughts and questions about eternity.”

Shizuka Yokomizo: Forever and Again. Through Jan. 11 at Boca Raton Museum of Art, 501 Plaza Road, Mizner Park, Boca Raton; 561-392-2500, bocamuseum.org.

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