Nakanishi composes his eye-catching installations with photographs taken over an extended period of time. Depicting unassuming environments and natural phenomena like tranquil forests and simple sunsets, the photos capture crisp snapshots of moments that would otherwise be forgotten. To evoke a sense of three-dimensionality, Nakanishi prints the photos on plexiglass acrylic and layers each sheet in chronological order. Once strategically mounted on the wall, the collection of individual photographs is transformed into a single scene that magically appears to surround its viewers and recede into the distance.
In addition to experimenting with space and altering perspectives, these stereoscopic studies take on a meditative quality. Furthermore, they present the artist's perceptions of time and his relationship with his audiences. “We are all subject to the passing of time, yet each of us feels and perceives it in our own way,” Nakaniski says on his website. “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.”
In Layer Drawings, an eye-catching series of installation art, Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi plays with perspective by chronologically stacking landscape photos on glass.
Nobuhiro Nakanishi: Website