|Volume 2 Issue 42||November 29 to December 5, 2011|
Published by Safe-T-Gallery Inc.
Don Burmeister: Owner/Editor
Barbara Confino: Associate Editor
The current show at Pace/MacGill Gallery features a dozen of Hiroshi Sugimoto’s “seascapes” of Lake Superior, part of a series begun in the 80’s. While this work is markedly different from his portraits of wax figures, dioramas, and theater interiors, there are echoes of his studies of light and shadow.
Minimalist to the extreme, these seascapes perfectly bisect the horizon, dividing the frame between water and air. The foreground varies in detail, slowly growing darker as one follows the sequence defined by Sugimoto, while the featureless sky plays out in lighter tones. That is, until the last image of Lake Superior by moonlight, which appears to negate those before it.
At first glance the images are boring in a group. But taken singly, they can form a focal point for meditation. These seascapes do have an eclectic appeal: the series has inspired an album by sound artists Richard Chartier and Taylor Deupree who used Boden Sea, Uttwil on the cover – as did U2 on their recent album, No Line on the Horizon. Had they been mounted lower on the wall, I could easily imagine someone adopting the zazen position before them.