Four Things You Didn’t Know About Hiroshi Sugimoto

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Hiroshi Sugimoto. Image courtesy of the artist

In a gallery adjacent to Man Ray–Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare, you’ll find photographs and sculptures by contemporary Japanese artist Hiroshi Sugimoto. His exhibition at the Phillips, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models, is on view through May 10, 2015.

1) Sugimoto’s work on view at the Phillips is largely inspired by Marcel Duchamp, particularly the Dadaist’s obsession with the mechanics of space and the mathematical foundations of his work.

2) He is best known for his time-exposed photography. Among his most recognized works are his series Theatres, which are shot for the full length of each movie’s projection, and Seascapes, a series of horizon lines formed by bodies of water whose movements have been blurred into stillness by Sugimoto’s long exposures.

3) All of the sculptures on view in this exhibition are derived from infinity equations. As is apparent from his time-exposed photography, time and history are significant themes in Sugimoto’s work, ranging from human time to cosmological time. Each sculpture is to be thought of as infinitely expanding, just as the universe continues to expand from a point of singularity.

4) His sculptures are created using computer-controlled, precision milling machines, and are crafted from solid blocks of aluminum.

The 8 Most Creative Instagrams of Bernardi Roig’s Sculptures

We love how creative Instagrammers have been getting when snapping photos of Bernardi Roig’s sculptures inside and outside of the museum. Here are some of our favorites.

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Unique angles of Bernardi Roig’s sculpture An Illuminated Head for Blinky P. (The Gun), 2010 from (left) @catbradley and (right) @pootie_ting

 

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Roig’s The Man of the Light (2005) as seen by instagrammers (left) @vajiajia and (right) @frisbeejackson

 

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These two instagrammers caught almost the exact same image in reverse (top: @zlexi, bottom: @katemartian)

 

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Roig’s Acteón (2005) from below (photo: @lgomez66) and above (photo: @vajiajia)

Bernardi Roig’s Night Lights

There’s one good thing about the days getting shorter: there’s more time to enjoy Bernardi Roig’s sculptures in all of their illuminated glory. Beautiful as they are during the day, Intersections artist Roig‘s works comprised of white plaster figures and fluorescent lights are especially captivating at night. Here’s a look at the works after the sun has gone down.

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Bernardi Roig, White Cage, 2014. Iron and fluorescent light, 106 1/4 x 47 1/4 x 11 7/8 in. Courtesy Kewenig Gallery, Berlin/Palma de Mallorca. Image courtesy the artist

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Bernardi Roig, Acteón, 2005. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent lights. Figure life size. Courtesy Max Estrella Gallery, Madrid. Image courtesy the artist.

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Bernardi Roig, Herr Mauroner, 2008. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent lights. Figure life size. Courtesy MAM Mario Maroner Contemporary, Vienna. Image courtesy the artist.

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Bernardi Roig, An illuminated head for Blinky P. (The Gun), 2010. Polyester resin, marble dust and fluorescent light. Figure life size. Courtesy Galerie Klüser, Munich. Image courtesy the artist.