HIROSHI SUGIMOTO IN PRAISE OF SHADOWS
April 28, 2015 - June 27, 2015
Japanese novelist Junichiro
Tanizaki disdained the "violent"
artificial light wrought by modern
civilization. I, too, am an
anachronist: rather than live at
the "cutting edge" of the
contemporary, I feel more at
ease in the absent past.
Domesticating fire sure marks
humankind's ascendancy over
other species. For the last several
million years since, we’ve
illuminated the night with flames.
I decided to record "the life of a
candle." Late one midsummer
night, I threw open the windows
and invited in the night breeze.
Lighting a candle, I also stopped
open my camera lens. After
several hours of wavering in the
breeze, the candle burned out.
Savoring the dark, I slowly closed
the shutter. The candle's life
varied on any given night- short
intensely burning nights, long
constantly glowing nights― each
different, yet equally lovely in its
Yoshii Gallery is pleased to
present In Praise of Shadows by
Hiroshi Sugimoto. The exhibition
features 7 lithographs by the
artist, shown in New York for the
first time. These lithographs were
inspired when Sugimoto installed
a single candle which cast a
shadow on a wall in a dark room.
Sugimoto’s decision to use the
print making technique of
lithographs emphasizes the
layering light of the candle
through the layering techniques
used in lithography. This
exhibition is interested in the
nature of photography as a
record of the passing of time by
the action of light, in this case,
Works in the Exhibition