Los Angeles

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Angles Gallery

Fundamental things, like light and time, the sea and the sky, meet up with the utter artifice of movie theaters and museum dioramas in Hiroshi Sugimoto’s black and white photographs. At once crystal clear and unfathomably ambiguous, the three series he produced over the past two decades offer a focused meditation on those rare moments when history’s steady progression seems to come to an abrupt stop. The transcendence that is embodied in his pictures, however, shares nothing with the static perfection we associate with eternity. On the contrary, Sugimoto’s photographs approach timelessness not by extending themselves further and further in time, but by compressing complex, ongoing processes into a single image. By erasing the traces of time, his images create the impression that they are singular instances, that their immanence has been given expansive, spatial form. This is, of course,

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