Hiroshi Sugimoto: Pace Gallery exhibition
Documenting the natural world through the eye of the museum, the Hiroshi Sugimoto dioramas present a vision of the earth which is carefully constructed and contained within the photographic frame. The crisp black and white surface of these images adds to the feeling of artifice, in which the wilderness of nature is almost bottled for our appreciation. Much like fossils, these images are crystalized moments in history which no longer exist. These ideas of memory and preservation are central to Sugimoto’s work, as he explains, ‘I long to know where that history came from and where it is going’.
Hiroshi Sugimoto photography highlights
Look out for Polar Bear (1976), the first in this series of diorama images which Sugimoto took at the American Museum of Natural History, New York. In this constructed world Sugimoto finds ‘the only thing absent is life itself. Time comes to a halt and never-ending stillness reigns’. Delighting in the lifelessness of this scene and its false reality, Sugimoto allows new life to be born as these images are given a new purpose.
Photography lovers will be fascinated by Sugimoto’s practice which uses specific lighting and extended exposures lasting up to twenty minutes. And in their large scale format, these images are undeniably engaging.
|What||Hiroshi Sugimoto: Still Life, Pace London|
|Where||Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens , London, W1S 3ET | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Green Park (underground)|
21 Nov 14 – 24 Jan 15, Open Tuesday - Saturday
|Website||Click here for more information|