HIRO ISHIKAWA

Born in Tokyo, 1968, Hiro Ishikawa started to learn painting when he was very small. After graduating from Tokyo Zokei University with a painting major, Ishikawa began his focus on photography. While being active in food and cosmetics-centered world of commercial photography, Ishikawa never ceased to challenge the possibilities in combining commercial photographic techniques with artistic, painting-like expressions.

 

Ishikawa believes that all existence has two extremes and often fluctuates in between the two. Sometimes the fluctuations happen repeatedly. Light and Darkness, Movement and Stillness, Life and Death… Ishikawa feels that the Japanese are really good at embodying such in-between states. For instance in the Japanese Buddhist tradition and belief, the River of Three Crossings flows between Life and Death and a bridge comes on top of the River. If one finishes crossing the bridge, he/she dies; if one manages to return without crossing the whole bridge, he/she lives; if one stays on the bridge, however, he/she is neither dead nor alive. Ishikawa carefully observed details in the Japanese culture and found many proofs in which the culture is positioned in such in-between state. This is why he is always strongly motivated to capture these momentary conditions – neither Light nor Darkness; Movement nor Stillness; Life nor Death – in his works, sometimes by blending the two extremes and sometimes by altering the time gap in between the extremes. “When these contradicting opposites blend together, beauty and feeling of strangeness emerge and radiate these captured moments,” states Ishikawa.

​石川 寛

東京に生まれる。

幼少期より絵画を学び、東京造形大学絵画専攻卒業後、

写真に転向。以後、フードやコスメティックを中心とした

広告写真の世界で活動しつつ、広告写真で培ったテクニックと

絵画的アート表現を組み合わせることを思いつく。

 

全ての存在は、二極化し、その間を行ったり来たりしている。

時には繰り返しながら。

光と闇、動と静、そして生と死でさえも。

しかし我々日本人は、そのどちらにも属さない状態を具現化するのが得意だ。

例えば、生と死の間には「三途の川」という川が流れていて

その川には一本の橋がかけられているという。

その橋を渡りきれば死、戻ってこれれば生、なのだが、

この橋の上こそどちらにも属さない状態だ。

日本文化はこのような中途半端とでもいうような状態に

意識を向けさせる事柄に満ちあふれていて

僕にはこれがとても興味深い。

光でもなく闇でもなく

動でもなく静でもなく

生でもなく死でもないような

どっちつかずの状態を瞬間的に切り取る事。

あるいは、時間のずれによってどちらでもない状態を作り出し、

そこに生まれる違和感と美しさ、

その相反する要素がうまく解け合った時、僕の作品は輝きを増すだろう。