Freitag, 19. September 2008

hiroshi sugimoto

Yesterday I visited the Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibition at the Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin. The photographer uses focus and contrast to great effect, giving a new perspective to his subject.

Photos of museum displays were given an
über-realistic, panoramic quality through a rich use of contrast. He manages to present landscapes that exist somewhere between reality and our mind. Elsewhere he breaks down existing landscapes, capturing the timeless nature of the sea, and testing the limits of architectual iconography.

His most recent series, titled lightning fields, blew me away. Intricate fractal patterns flowing and spiralling into organic forms, vast networks of tiny black lines on a glowing white background. They called to mind not only lightning fields, but root systems, road networks, feathers, monstrous skeletons and strange hallucinogenic visions. The accompanying text, a cryptic treatise on magnetic power, seemed to suggest they had been made using magnetic fields and inky iron dust. I suddenly saw the roots, the lightning and the roads as one image; like waves of sand being driven through jelly.
N On the subject of intricate patterns
, I've always had a fascination for moire.
N The devestating Hurricane Ike, and a little further down proof that it can happen on Mars as well.

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