Beijing: Hiroshi Sugimoto at Pace Gallery Through July 7, 2012

July 3rd, 2012

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Lightning Fields 167 (2009) – Pace Gallery Beijing

In the press release for his first solo show in China, multi-media artist Hiroshi Sugimoto states his motto as: “Warm the old to know the new,” referencing the outdated mode of Silver gellatin printing he used to create all of the works on view at Pace Gallery Beijing.  Culling from a wide range of his work over the past several decades, the show allows visitors to view Sugimoto’s wide body of work, united by his dedication to the nuanced but admittedly outdated medium of Silver gellatin.

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Manatee (1994) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Conceptual Forms 0003 Dini’s Surface: a surface of constant negative curvature obtained by twisting a psuedosphere (2004)- Pace Gallery Beijing

The Tokyo-born, New York City native has long shown a fascination with time, history, and science, evidenced by his primordial dioramas and models of Mathematical functions.  Blurring this sense of scientific knowledge with the vivid detail of his form, Sugimoto brings a new sense of elegance, surreality and aesthetic grandeur to fields whose sense of beauty is often taken for granted.

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Neanderthal (1994) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Henry VIII (1999) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Studio Drive-In, Culver City (1993) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Similarly, his Theaters offers a similar renewed perspective towards the classic theaters of American antiquity, showing wide, ornate spaces unified by their centered blank screens.

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Elmwood, New Jersey (1978) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Sea of Japan, Oki (1987) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Lightning Fields 168 (2009) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Also on view is Lightning Fields, Sugimoto’s most recent series.  These prints were made exclusively in the darkroom, through the use of varied electrical currents on undeveloped film.  The result is a set of images literally sparking with energy, stark contrasts of light and dark as the electrical currents move across the film.

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Lightning Fields 190 (2009) – Pace Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Conceptual Forms 0028 Regulator (2004) – Pace Gallery Beijing

A sense of poetry pervades the unity of Sugimoto’s images and approach; his antiquated method used to underline the intricate detail and otherworldliness of the sciences, and to renew the perspectives of science and art as intimately connected.

The show is on view until July 7, 2012.

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Permian Land (1992) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Strait of Gibraltar (1995) – Pace Gallery Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Conceptual Forms 0010 Surface of revolution with constant negative curvature (2004)- Pace Beijing

Hiroshi Sugimoto – Paramount, New York (1976) – Pace Gallery Beijing

—D. Creahan

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