hiroshi sugimoto for hermes: polaroid carres
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sep 13, 2012
hiroshi sugimoto for hermes: polaroid carres



installation of the new scarves for hermès by hiroshi sugimoto as part of ‘couleurs de l’ombre’ exhibition at basel, switzerland
image © tadzio
courtesy of  hermès

 

 

 

renowned japanese photographer hiroshi sugimoto has created a limited edition of 140 scarves for hermèsas part of the ‘couleurs de l’ombre’exhibition – with each one a redesign of the famed square scarves known as carrés. the striking gradient aesthetic for each piece was informed by sugimoto’s interest in the complex prismatic system of polaroid photographs that captures the first rays of sunlight in the morning. this ten year long investigation generated an impressive spectrum of colors which sugimoto translated to silk for hermès series – proudly exhibiting hues from brilliant yellows and radiant reds to rich greens and blues. through the project sugimoto broke free from his well-known heavy color palette, wanting to quash the opinion that there are only seven colors and posing the question – why must science always cut up the whole into little pieces when it identifies specific attributes?’. there is a video documenting the process here. artistic director of hermès, pierre-alexis dumas, personally selected 20 of sugimoto’s polaroid images to print for the range which debuted at museum der kulturen in basel switezerland, the work is currently being shown at la verrière in brussels until the 29th of september and will be displayed at le forum on the 8th floor of the flagship gallery in ginza tokyo from november 14th to december 30th, 2012 in tokyo.

 

 


images © tadzio
courtesy of hermès

 

 


the project was a ten year long investigation into the complex prismatic system of polaroid photographs
image courtesy of hermès

 

 


image courtesy of hermès

 

 


image courtesy of hermès

 

 


image courtesy of hermès

 

 


image courtesy of hermès

 

 


image courtesy of hermès

 

 

artistic director of hermès, pierre-alexis dumas, personally selected 20 of sugimoto’s polaroid images to print
image courtesy hermès

 

 


hiroshi sugimoto
image courtesy hermès

 

 


the artist with his work
images © tadzio
courtesy of hermès

 

 


a scarf – known as the carré - from the collection
image courtesy hermès

 

 


the polaroid  images were transferred onto the silk
image courtesy hermès

 

 


the research produced various striking gradations of color
image courtesy hermès

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