The COMICO ART MUSEUM YUFUIN building is characterized by its black-and-white contrast, with its yakisugi outer wall and white washi (Japanese paper) inner wall.
The monochrome sky and sea in Hiroshi Sugimoto's “Seascapes” series magnify this effect, and create a new, revolutionary kind of space.
The work displayed in COMICO ART MUSEUM YUFUIN, GALLERY II is Hiroshi Sugimoto's “Seascapes” series.
Sugimoto once wondered.
“Is it possible for us in the modern age to see the same scenery as ancient people?”
Sky and sea. Nothing else, as far as the eye can see. The wind blows, and life drifts, aimless. All signs of civilization are gone. Not even animals. Here, the event is that there is no event.
Many of the world’s oceans have been captured by Sugimoto through his large format camera and monochrome film.
There is a reason behind the monochrome. Sugimoto utilizes techniques that bring his photographs as close as possible to the very first photographs ever taken, to evoke the impact that photographs had when they were first invented —- a shock to the world into a different perception.
And one more thing. Monochrome requires more imagination from its viewers, and it is in this way that people perceive more hues than in color. In other words, it is the monochrome that allows for the expression of limitless color tones.
Hiroshi Sugimoto’s signature practice spans the mediums of performing arts, photography, sculpture, installation and architecture. His art deals with history and temporal existence through a variety of subject matters He explores issues surrounding time, empiricism, and metaphysics that bridge eastern and western ideologies while examining the nature of perception and the origins of consciousness. Sugimoto was born in Tokyo in 1948 and moved to the U.S.A. in 1970. He has lived in New York City since 1974. In 2008, he founded the New Material Research Laboratory, an architectural design office, and in 2009 he established the Odawara Art Foundation.
Sugimoto was awarded Mainichi Art Award in 1988, Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography in 2001, the 21st Praemium Imperiale in 2009, Medal with Purple Ribbon by the Japanese government in 2010, and conferred the Officier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (The Order of Arts and Letters) by the French government in 2013.