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Hiroshi Sugimoto

Polarized Color 060

Lot Closed

October 7, 06:10 PM GMT


10,000 - 15,000 USD

Lot Details


Hiroshi Sugimoto

B. 1948

Polarized Color 060

a unique object, a Polaroid SX-70 print, signed and numbered '60' in ink on the reverse, sealed within 2 pieces of optical glass, 2010, in an artist-designed wood box; together with a signed copy of Hiroshi Sugimoto: Couleurs de L'Ombre (Paris, 2012)(3)

overall: 7 ¾ by 7 ¾ by 1 ¼ in. (19.7 by 19.7 by 3.2 cm.)

Gallery Koyanagi, Tokyo, 2012

Sunlight travels through black empty space, strikes and suffers my prism, and refracts into an infinite continuum of color. In order to view each hue more clearly, I devised a mirror with a special micro-adjusting tilting mechanism. Projecting the colored beam from a prism onto my mirror, I reflected it into a dim observation chambre where I reduced it to Polaroid colors. Of course, I could further split those prismatic colors by adjusting the angle of that long tall mirror so as to reflect only the hue I want. I could split red into an infinity of reds. Especially when juxtaposed against the dark, each red appears wondrous unto itself. Moreover, colors change constantly. As the sun climbs on its arc, the colors from the prism vary moment by moment. It only takes a few minutes for red turn orange then yellow. Cranking the worm gear by hand to adjust the mirror angle to compensate for the rising sun, I managed to keep the color band within my field of vision.

-Hiroshi Sugimoto