Go Sugimoto

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Untitled, 2007 Gelatin Silver Print © courtesy of M.Y. Art Prospects
Untitled, 2007 Gelatin Silver Print © courtesy of M.Y. Art Prospects
Walk in the Night 06, 2004 Gelatin Silver Print 16 X 20 In © courtesy of M.Y. Art Prospects
Walk in the Night 12, 2003 Gelatin Silver Print 16 X 20 In © courtesy of M.Y. Art Prospects
Walk in the Night 13, 2004 Gelatin Silver Print 16 X 20 In © courtesy of M.Y. Art Prospects
Calla, 2007 Hand Colored Gelatin Silver Print 16 X 24 In © courtesy of M.Y. Art Prospects
Untitled, 2005 Silver Gelatin Print 16 X 20 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and WORK Gallery
Quick Facts
Birth year
Lives in
Brooklyn, New York
Works in
Brooklyn, New York
International Center of Photography, 2003

In his current exhibit, Daydream In My Garden, Sugimoto presents two black-and-white photo series produced between 2003 and 2006. Walk In the Night is a series of nightscapes spontaneously shot on desolate streets in Manhattan and Brooklyn. By contrast, the second series, Paper-Work features folded sheets of white paper set against white backgrounds, carefully staged in his small bedroom studio. Although seemingly very different, these two series share the distinctive sensitivity Sugimoto expresses through his labor-intensive darkroom operations. He manipulates contrasts in order to achieve a rich spectrum of shades between black and white. This emphasis on tonality is so important to his work that light draws us in with the magnetism of the void, and shadow becomes poignant. Consequently, looking at his photography changes our normal perception of positive/negative, presence/absence, real/ethereal.

The exhibition also introduces his latest series, Daydream In My Garden (2007), which explores flowers, subjects Sugimoto describes as "amazing and necessary in my life." Their presence brings him a profound feeling of comfort and happiness, inspiring him to wander in a garden of the imagination where he ‘arranges’ flowers just so they can appeal more directly to him. The results are unusually subtle, almost skeletal images of flowers. He then adds a tint of color by hand in the manner of old postcards.

In all three series, Sugimoto searches for simplicity and purity in his creative process. It is not how his work looks, but how he expresses complex emotions and realities. It’s a moment of clearing the mind to be able to fully savor day or night dreams.

Go Sugimoto (b. 1979, Japan) graduated from the International Center of Photography, New York, in 2003. His work has been exhibited in US, Japan, France and Spain and published in Fahrenheit, Studio Voice, and Time Out New York. Next month, his work will be featured in a group exhibition, "Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York," at the Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York.




2002-2003		Certificate in General Studies, Photography
		International Center of  Photography, New York, USA 



September 2007	Group show, “Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York”,
		Japan Society, New York, USA
September 2007	Solo show, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, USA
October 2006	"Photo New York” with M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, USA
July-October 2006	Group show, “Salon2006”, ROOM, New York, USA
June 2006		Group show, Finalist Descubrimientos, PHotoEspaña 2006, Madrid, Spain
June 2006		60 Finalists of PHotoEspaña 2006 Portfolio Review, Madrid, Spain
Feb-April 2006	Solo show, “Paper-Work,” project room, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, USA
August 2005	Group show, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, USA
March 2005	Solo show, Art Cocoon, Tokyo, Japan
November 2004	Group slide show, PhotoMonth, Krakow, Poland
February 2004	Group show, ’’Reality and Illusion’’, Lacanau, France (April 2004)
February 2004	Group show, M.Y. Art Prospects, New York, USA         
January 2004	Group show, Digital Media exhibition, ICP, New York, USA
July 2003		Group slide show, “Walk on the Web side”, with blow-up and tangophoto
		Rencontres Internationales Photo, Arles, France
June 2003		Group Show, International Center of Photography, USA



June 2006 		Artistnetwork New York
October 2005	‘’Resurrections’’ photography exhibit & auction to aid Katrina relief effort



Time Out New York
L Magazine
Studio Voice(Japan)
Artnet Magazine




Allen Frame, “Pura invencion, Go Sugimoto”,  Fahrenheit, #20 Dec. 06 – Jan. 07
Walter Robinson, “Photo New York”, artnet Magazine, Oct. 2006



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