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Nudes Like You’ve Never Seen Before | Shinichi Maruyama at Bruce Silverstein


Continuing on with picks for this season’s NY gallery openings is Shinichi Maruyama (previously), who photographs nudes like you’ve never seen them before. The Japanese artist, who is showing at Bruce Silverstein, points his camera at nude dancers, capturing thousands of individual frames. Each frame is then layered on top of one another, creating a sculptural composite image “that contradict the notion of a photograph as a single moment of stopped time.”

The inspiration comes from Marcel Duchamp’s Nude Descending a Staircase (1912). “I tried to capture the beauty of both the human body’s figure and its motion,” says Maruyama. “By putting together uninterrupted individual moments, the resulting image as a whole will appear to be something different from what actually exists.”

Shinichi Maruyama: Nudes
Bruce Silverstein, New York
11.07.13 – 12.21.13
(special performance by choreographer Jessica Lang on Thursday Nov. 21, 7PM)








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1 Kevin { 11.20.13 at 7:39 pm }

These really capture the beauty of human movement. The shapes created are compelling!

2 Kerry Dennehy { 11.23.13 at 10:27 pm }

Very graceful lines, like bold gowns. Like the “living photographs” of Isadora Duncan printed in 1897.