Japanese artist Nobuhiro Nakanishi doesn’t believe that time can be physically grasped. However, with his latest exhibition, he shows us what it might look like if we could. Nobuhiro’s Layer Drawings series explores time, space, and memory by photographing landscapes over time.
He composes the displays by laser printing hundreds of photos, taken at various time intervals, onto square-shaped acrylic panels. Placed in chronological order, each mounted image serves as a piece of the final product. Subtle changes emerge in each frame, portraying untraditional landscapes. When viewed from the right angle, the viewer experience the passing of time within this particular place.
“Capturing the accumulation of time as a sculpture allows the viewer to experience the ephemerality of time,” says Nobuhiro. “We are all subject to the passing of time, yet each of us feels and perceives it in our own way… In this series, I attempt to depict time and space as sensations shared by both viewer and artist.”
Experiencing photographic landscapes is generally a two-dimensional process whereby a viewer stands in front of an image. The viewer can then empathize with the artist, seeing what they saw. But the experience is always a flat surface. The multidimensional aspects of Nobuhiro’s landscapes contain infinitely more detail than that.