2021 Mineo Sakata  -LUX Spectrum-  [GALERIE SOL]





When I find a rainbow after it rains or when I am sprinkling water, I feel wonderful. I thought it would be nice if I could express the ephemeral and attractive rainbow in some way.

Isaac Newton (1642-1727) described the rainbow as having seven colors. It is easy to disperse the colors by using a prism. The wavelength of light that appears green is about 500-565nm. We have a good idea of the wavelength of each color has. But what about the actual rainbow? We think that we can divide the rainbow into seven colors, but it is a gradual process. From a scientific point of view, it is meaningful to be able to express colors numerically. How about as an expression? I don’t think we can find the above value of the beautiful spectra.

Spectrum is a continuum with ambiguous boundaries. The rainbow flag is a symbol of the LGBTQ+ as it represents the diversity of existence. It also represents the diversity of the autism spectrum.

The lux-spectrum series uses a photographic technique to fix sunlight by using a spectroscopy.It is possible to reproduce the rainbow colors, but it is not as good as the actual rainbow you see with your own eyes.

When something appears  different from the predicted rainbow colors, no matter what the cause of the irregularity, we feel the “existence of the rainbow itself,” which is different from the imitation divided into seven colors.

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2009 Mineo Sakata  -LUX Spectrum-  [GALLERY OUT of PLACE TOKIO]




“Lux” is the Latin word for light, and can refer to physical light or the light in a person’s heart that dispels darkness and fosters hope.

“Spectrum” comes from the Latin “specere”, to see, and originally means “what can be seen” or “what appears”. “Spectare” is something that appears without warning.

「spectrum」 is an image of captured light, and does not share the flower motif that permeates the other original photograms shown herein. For those flowers, unlike here, the underside and silhouettes of the see-through petals are fixed in place. Rather, the light itself that passes through that translucent motif is captured in the photosensitive paper. Using photographic techniques, this paper fixes the slight tremors of that underside of light which forms spectra. Though 「spectrum」varies greatly from the flower photograms, it is certainly an extension of previous works.


・Find the flower(1994-)


・video & Performance(2009-)

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