video KANKITSUZAN x Hiroshi Sugimoto, 2021
Opticks 025, 2018
Chromogenic print.Courtesy of the artist and Marian Goodman Gallery.
The minimalist atmosphere of this room sets it apart from the density of the previous rooms.
This space is an abstract, contemplative installation by Hiroshi Sugimoto, a Japanese artist active in an extremely varied range of fields including photography, sculpture, architecture, dance, calligraphy and writing.
The photographic work hanging in the entrance is called “Opticks 025”. The “Opticks” series is a photographic transcription of the colours revealed as light passes through a glass optical prism. The title of this series refers to Isaac Newton’s 1704 treatise “Opticks”. Preserved on Polaroid film, the colours reproduce the rich spectrum of visible light. The hues, which can be seen as a single colour, actually seem to vibrate. The colour of “Opticks 025” echoes that of “Fragrance of infinity”. On the right-hand wall is a projection of a video of “Kankitsuzan x Hiroshi Sugimoto”, which inspired the perfume of this artist’s edition. Installed in front of the projection, in the centre of the room, is a glass bottle created by Sugimoto. The optical glass used here makes it possible to reproduce the prism from the “Opticks” series. The complex reflections that can be seen in the bottle allow the viewer to enjoy all manner of images, depending on the angle and viewpoint.
The fragrance contained within this bottle is a tribute to the orange groves of “Kankitsuzan”, a name that refers not only to the region near Tokyo but also the agricultural foundation created by Sugimoto in 2011 to restore and preserve this once-again-fertile land.
Interview with Hiroshi Sugimoto
“Kankitsuzan” is located at the top of the hill that faces the bay of Sagami in Odawara municipality, and is also the name of the agricultural foundation created by Hiroshi Sugimoto. In 2017, he opened the “Enoura Observatory” on the same spot, aiming to communicate the essence of Japanese culture around the world. Thanks to the fertilisation of the land in “Kankitsuzan”, the neighbouring orange groves, which are spread out across abandoned arable land, have been restored and preserved.
Born in Tokyo in 1948. Lives between New York and Tokyo.
Hiroshi Sugimoto was born in 1948 and has been living in New York since 1974. His activities cover an extremely varied range of fields including photography, sculpture, installations, theatre, architecture, land art, writing, cuisine. His work is valued internationally and can be found in countless museums – for example, the Metropolitan Museum (New York) and the Centre Pompidou (Paris). His representative work includes such series as “Landscapes”, “Theaters” and “Buildings”.
In 2001 he was the recipient of the Hasselblad Foundation International Award in Photography, and in 2013 he was given the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres (Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters).