Courtesy of Yutaka Kikutake Gallery
Nerhol is an artist duo comprised of graphic designer Yoshihisa Tanaka (b. 1980) and sculptor Ryuta Iida (b. 1981). The collective’s name is a portmanteau of the terms for “kneading” (neru) and “sculpting” (horu) ideas. They are best known for their three-dimensional explorations of the photographic portrait, in which numerous images, shot in a three-minute span and capturing subtle movements of the subject, are then layered and carved to create an almost topographical representation. In this process, the artists blur the boundary between destruction and creation, addition and subtraction. Recipients of the Bacon Prize/Art Fair Tokyo 2013, Nerhol has had solo exhibitions at Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam (2015) and Kanazawa 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art (2016).
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Japanese, based in Tokyo