Tetsugo Hyakutake explained to DoN how he stitches together panoramic images by combining, in the above five separate photos, into hyper-realistic renderings of industrial infrastructure scenes; the naturally black and white man-made landscape, so fluid and frail is punctuated with red signs, warning lights and smeared reflections. Tetsugo has been studying the Japanese infrastructure for years, and uses color sparingly and symbolically. Ephemeral Existence at 339 is a large collection of alien landscapes that kind of look like Philly out by the airport but are Japanese highways, overpasses, power stations – slightly Jetson futuristic. Hyakutake’s photos are highly realistic but actually the landscapes are outside our actual perspective, the panoramas wider than our vision, the industrial installation images glow unblinkingly, water turned into a restrained painters palette, each image is ephemeral narrating our fragile existence on Planet Earth.
Tetsugo Hyakutake – Ephemeral Existence @ Gallery 339 through May 7, 2011.
Photos humbly taken with Tetsugo Kyakutake’s permission by DoN.