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Hiroshi Sugimoto



September 28 to Novembre 26 1995
Curated by Joyce Yahouda

This exhibition constitutes the most important retrospective of works by this artist in Canada. It was presented in collaboration with the Consulate General of Japan of Montréal. Hisoshi Sugimoto was born in Tokyo in 1948. He completed his studies in photography at the Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles in 1972, and has lived in New York since 1975. The artist is represented by the Sonnabend Gallery in New York.

The exhibition presented at the Centre d'art contemporain de Montréal is comprised of about fifty works regrouped into four photographic series realised between 1975 and 1994: Cinémas and Ciné-parcs, Dioramas, Les mers le jour et Les mers la nuit, Personnages de cire (les meurtriers, les vedettes de cinéma). The notion of time is the common theme of these series. Through the choice of particulier subjects (cinemas constructed in the 20s and 30s in America, drive-in theatres, museums of natural history, wax museums, seas and oceans of the world) and of appropriate techniques such as long exposures, the artist succeeds in representing a moment suspended in time. For all of his photographs, Sugimoto uses a wooden large format camera of American manufacture which resembles the cameras of the XIXth century. The images are taken on 8 x 10 inch film format and the prints are four times the size of the negative.

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