The Boxing Papers (Shinohara B)

The Boxing Papers (Shinohara B)

Editor's Note: This photograph can be used in conjunction with the lesson plan Making a Home: Japanese Contemporary Artists in New York.

The artist Kunie Sugiura’s signature works are life-sized photograms, images created by exposing photographic paper to a light source and then developing with chemicals, as a regular photograph, revealing the subject’s shadow. For Sugiura, this process produces an image that not only records a moment, but also expresses something about the intangible qualities of the objects that she captures.

For her series The Artist Papers, Sugiura has chosen as her subjects visual artists in various media who are current or former residents of New York City. These portraits capture images of these artists, often with an iconic, identifying element. The subject of the particular work shown here is artist Ushio Shinohara.  Like Sugiura, Shinohara is another artist who was born in Japan, but has lived and worked in New York City for many years.

Sugiura was born in Nagoya, Japan.  She moved to New York in the 1960s and currently lives and works in Manhattan.

Kunie Sugiura
The Boxing Papers (Shinohara B)
Unique gelatin silver prints (4 panels), framed
80 x 60" (203.2 x 152.4 cm)
Collection of Robinson and Nancy Grover, West Hartford, Conn.; courtesy Leslie Tonkonow Artworks + Projects, New York
Photo: Jeff Sturges, New York