Hiroshi Sugimoto x Ryosoku-in Temple ‘Everyday is a stormy day’
With works like ‘Sea of Buddha’ and ‘Opticks’ artist Hiroshi Sugimoto’s often explored the world of religion, this year he collaborated with Ryosoku-in temple to again express spirituality and human connection through his artistic creations .
From November 1st-14th Ryosuku-in held a special exhibition “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Every day is a stormy day” in Gion Kyoto.
Sugimoto’s photos of lightening and rain, explores the idea that we can not foresee the future but what’s important is to have inner peace, so one is not rocked by external factors. A message perfect for this day and age.
The Fusuma collaboration is Sugimoto’s first ever collaboration. Sugimoto’s photos are printed on high quality washi paper, a technique according to Ryosoku-in’s deputy head priest Toryo Ito wasn’t possible 7 years ago, ‘It’s not that the technique wasn’t available, it’s that it wouldn’t have been up to Sugimoto’s standards’. The washi paper was sent to a technician who works in a printing studio in New York, according to Toryo, he’s the only person in this world who’s capable to execute this complex printing technique- even then it took them many trial and errors to get it the the standard Sugimoto was satisfied with.
Sugimoto and Toryo who have a close relationship have been talking for many years about collaborating and it was because of the pandemic that they were able to make the exhibition into a realty, ‘Its very rare that Sugimoto stays in Japan for such a long time, we were lucky to make this exhibition into a reality. Its all about fate and timing’, says Toryo.
The 2 weeks exhibition has come to a close but Toryo mentions there will be opportunities again next year where people will be able to view the extraordinary work. Toryo also hopes people who are living outside of Japan can visit to view the work in the near future.