Foam 3h: Nerhol - Index

Foam presents the first international solo exhibition of Nerhol.

8 mei 2015
21 jun 2015
  • foam
  • Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam

This successful artist duo was founded in 2007 in Japan, as a collaboration between the graphic designer Yoshihisa Tanaka (1980) and the sculptor Ryuta Iida (1981). Together they explore the concept of the photographic portrait. By combining photographic and sculptural techniques, the artists reveal a complexity that photography usually obscures.


Foam 3h: Nerhol - Index - Exhibition in Foam foam


Traditionally, a portrait presents a three-dimensional face on a flat plane. But Nerhol aims to bring forward the complexities and difficulties of this concept. The duo creates time-lapse portraits consisting of many photographs taken over a three minute period, this captures each and every small movement of the subject. Subsequently Nerhol layers all images into one sculptural portrait. The artist duo digs and curves the faces, combining a layering of images with reductive carving. In Japanese language 'to dig' and 'to curve' have the same pronunciation: 'hol'. In addition, Ner means 'plan'. The duo always starts off with a plan, deciding for one 'portrait' to carve more vigorously, and for another work just to reveal small changes.
The result offers an honest 'index' of the portrait and the process of making. Also, the artists explore the tension between photography and sculpture; the first being a technical and distanced medium that often creates single images, whereas the latter typically comprises physicality, expression and multiple perspectives. Through this unique approach, Nerhol unveils the small alterations which are present in a photographed portrait - not side-by-side in a row, but all in one image.
This exhibition has been made possible by Van Bijleveltstichting and The Japan Foundation.