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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)

Credit: Gift of Anthony T. Podesta

Natural, stained and painted wood
86.4 x 184.2 x 7.6 cm
Image and text: Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2024

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