We’ve featured Japanese artists before, and we have posted countless artworks involving photography before, but none of them are ever quite like these ones. Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi is one of a kind, creating layers upon layers of forest photographs that meld into one in his series “Layer Drawings.”
Nobuhiro’s mounted works is “about observing and understanding an object and giving it a new abstract, material body.” Creating these takes a lot of patience and artistry, resulting in installations that are mesmerizing and larger than life. His three-dimensional creations involve him first taking photos of an environment, such as a forest, over a certain period of time.
After patiently taking these photos, he then carefully selects certain images, gets them into physical form on acrylic panels, and then layers these in chronological order. As such, the frame by frame variation creates a deep and fascinating effect that seems to go on endlessly.
Born in Fukuoka, Japan in 1976, the talented artist spoke in an interview what inspired him to create his layered art. “We are all subject to the passing of time, yet each of us feels and perceives it in our own way,” he says.
“Time itself has no shape or boundary and cannot be fixed or grasped. When we look at the photographs in these sculptures, we attempt to fill in the gaps between the individual images. We draw from our physical experiences to fill in missing time and space, both ephemeral and vague. In this series, I attempt to depict time and space as sensations shared by both viewer and artist.”
On his website he describes that the theme of his work is “the physical that permeates into the art piece.” He further describes this by saying: “In a foggy landscape, we no longer see what we are usually able to see – the distance to the traffic light, the silhouette of the trees, the slope of the ground. Silhouettes, distance and horizontal sense all become vague. When we perceive this vagueness, the water inside the retina and skin dissolve outwardly toward the infinite space of the body surface. The landscape continues to flow, withholding us from grasping anything solid. By capturing spatial change and the infinite flow of time, I strive to produce art that creates movement between the artwork itself and the viewer’s experience of the artwork.”
Check out some of his works here:
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You can know more about the artist on his website. He is represented by Yukimo Chiba Associates in Tokyo. Photos of Nobuhiro Nakanishi’s work were taken by Susanne Hakuba, Tadasu Yamamoto, and Seiji Toyonaga, all courtesy of Yumiko Chiba Associates.
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