As a result of an illness that required her to have multiple x-rays, Kunié Sugiura was inspired to create her Rack (1992/1996) series consisting of photograms assembled from collected x-rays of anonymous patients. Intrigued by her unfamiliarity with the people whose images she was handling, she was inspired by the connection between the medical assessment of their inner body and the inner aspects of her own artistic expression. Created in isolation in the darkroom, these photograms provided her with a rewarding link to society at large and a satisfying means of recycling these discarded images. Postcard-sized photograms made from roentgenograms of skulls, chests, and spines are mounted in a found postcard holder, tethered tensely between the floor and ceiling at roughly anatomical position.
Kunie Sugiura was born in Nagoya, Japan and currently lives and works in NYC. A 1967 graduate of the School of Art Institute of Chicago, Ms. Sugiura has exhibited extensively, with one person exhibitions at Leslie Tonkonow Artworks+Projects in NYC (where she is represented), the University of Maine Museum of Art in Bangor, White Columns in NYC, Judy Ann Goldman Fine Art in Boston, and the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie; and group shows at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Julie Saul Gallery in NYC,the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Museum of Modern Art in NYC. Abroad she has shown at the Raffaella Cortese Gallery in Milan, Italy; the Kamakura Gallery in Tokyo, Japan, and Zeit-Foto, also in Tokyo, Japan. Kunie’s work resides in collections at the Albright Knox Art Gallery, the Austin Museum of Art, the Denver Art Museum, the Fogg Museum at Harvard University, the Museum of Modern Art in Japan, and the George Eastman House, just to name a few! Her work has been published in the New York Times, Art New England, the New Yorker, Art in America, and the Village Voice. The Center for Photography had the honor of hosting Ms. Sugiura as an Artist-in-Residence here in the summer of 2000