The artist duo Nerhol was born in 2007 from a chance encounter between LIDA Ryuta, who creates sculptural works using paper and print media, and TANAKA Yoshihisa, who explores visual information as a graphic designer. As a collaboration, they view paper—a distribution product consumed daily in great volumes—from different perspectives, as a physical object and as an image. The paper sculptures they create inscribed with large quantities of images possess a distinctive three-dimensionality that strikes a deep impression in its viewers.
Nerhol has participated in exhibitions in museums and galleries in Japan and abroad and consistently produced works that sharply criticize the perennial cycle of consumption, creation, and obsolescence produced by contemporary economic activities. In 2014, Nerhol participated in Foam Talent Call 2014; L’Atelier Néerlandais, Paris; Unseen Photo Fair 2014, Amsterdam; and FESTIVAL IMAGES 2014, Switzerland. Their works have received increasing acclaim.
1980 - Born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
2004 - Graduated from Musashino Art University, the Department of Scenography, Display and Fashion Design.
Lives and works in Tokyo
1981 - Born in Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan
2004 - Graduated from Program in Sculpture, Department of Fine Arts, Nihon University College of Art
2014 - Completed postgraduate studies at Tokyo University of the Arts, Intermedia Art.
Lives and works in Tokyo
2012 - “Untitled/Nerhol” GALLERY9.5, Kyoto
“Misunderstanding Focus” POST/limArt, Tokyo
2013 - “Scene to know” VACANT, Tokyo
“Misunderstanding Focus 16:9” FRAMED* SPACE, Tokyo
“Untitled/circle” TRANS ART TOKYO, Tokyo
“Portraits” SLANT, Kanazawa, Japan
2014 - L’Atelier Néerlandais, Paris, France
Unseen Photo Fair 2014, Amsterdam, Netherlands
FESTIVAL IMAGES 2014, Vevey, Switzerland
“ATLAS” IMA CONCEPT STORE, Tokyo
“Scenery, Scene” EYE OF GYRE, Tokyo
“Tries to return” gallery Koko, Tokyo
2015 - “Index” Foam Photography Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
“Sharing Footsteps, Youngeun Museum of Contemporary Art, Gwangju, Korea
“01” Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Tokyo
“01 Scape” G/P Gallery, Tokyo
“Slicing the Onion” POST/limArt, Tokyo
2016 - “Promenade” 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan
“Multiple – road side tree” Yutaka Kikutake Gallery, Tokyo
Nerhol’s work series “01” from 2015 are based on a numerical motif. Two numbers were chosen: 0 and 1.
On a certain day, 1 minute before midnight, that day (eg.”6.7.2015”) was entered into a search engine with results limited to data uploaded within the last 24 hours. In this way, the manifold tracks of people disseminating information and communicating with other people during that specific day became visible.
The artists printed the images of these tracks, and through layering and engraving, created pieces of the same thickness as standard canvas paintings from which the forms of numbers 0 and 1 emerge.
Amid the various engraving lines - beneath the solid structures 0 and 1, the viewer can catch glimpses of the fragments of human digital activity on a certain day in recent history.
All in all six unique sculptures were made based on "data" from the following dates; 6.1.2015; 6.2.2015; 6.3.2015; 6.7.2015; 6.8.2015; 6.11.2015. In addition to the unique sculptures a very limited addition of photography fine prints has been made