littlepuppet asked:

Is there a word for the .. phenomena, when a word you've written or read many times before suddenly looks foreign, or unnatural, like you've never seen it before?



also known as semantic saturation; a psychological phenomenon in which repetition causes a word or phrase to temporarily lose meaning for the listener, who can only process the speech as repeated meaningless sounds.

[click here for artist’s page]

The Passage Of Time By Ryuta Iida: Portraits Layered To Show The Flow Of Time

These portraits were layered and cut, so they emulate the passing of time. How beautiful and eerie! 

For over a year I’ve been stalking the website of book and paper artist Ryuta Iida hoping to share new work with you and today I finally have something to show for it. As part of an ongoing collaboration with artist Yoshihisa Tanaka called Nerhol the duo are showing 27 new works at limArt this month including these astounding new portraits that are part of a series called Misunderstanding Focus. At first glance it looks as though a photograph has been printed numerous times, layered and cut into a sort of sculptural topography, which would indeed be amazing enough, but Nerhol took things a bit further. The numerous portraits are actually different, photographed over a period of three minutes as the subject tried to sit motionless, the idea being that it’s impossible to ever truly be still as our center of gravity shifts and our muscles are tense. The portraits are actually a layered lime-lapse representing several minutes in the subjects life and then cut like an onion to show slices of time, similar to the trunk of a tree. What a brilliant idea. If you’ve never seen Iida’s cut paper books, definitely head over to Nerhol to see them up close. A huge thanks to my friend Johnny at Spoon & Tamago for helping me translate some of this!

[Via Source]

A stunning collection of pieces by Yoshihisa Tanaka and Ryuta Iida who together make Nerhol.

Focusing on reconstructing 2D art into 3D, Tanaka encouraging audiences to touch and explore new possibilities. Iida deconstructs existed material such as books and publications, stripping them of initial identity as reading material and pointing out the inherent value of such objects. Looking forward to researching this duo further! 

The meaning of time with photographic collages

I have always been intrigued and in awe of those artists who create photomontages or photocollages to interpret time passing and how the world around us can be understood. Starting with my all time favorite David Hockney who started creating his photographic collages with Polaroids in 1982.

Still Life Blue Guitar, 1982 composite polaroid, 24 ½ x 30 in.

He also created more abstract and thought-provoking photo collages. I get lost in these images and can geek out on them for a long time. As a photography student I was once assigned to create my own “Hockney”, and let me tell you its a hard concept to grasp and then deliver on.

Merced River,Yosemite Valley, Sept. 1982 photographic collage, 52x61 in.

Photographing Annie Leibovitz While She’s Photographing Me, Mojave Desert, Feb.1983  photographic collage, edition: 4,  25 7/8 x 61 ¾ in. 

Another wonderful artist who uses photo collage is Nerhol an artist unit created in 2007 comprised of Ryuta Iida and Yoshihisa Tanaka whose art is an experiment in artistic expression. By layering and reconstructing 2D art into 3D it encourages the audience to touch and explore new possibilities. 

I encourage you to click on the link and really zoom in on the incredible details of their images.

Finally I’d like to talk about my newest find Scott Hazard. His abstract images are constructed by tearing and layering photographs to create things such as smoke, clouds, and portals in walls. This project is called “Photo Construct” and I find it so whimsical and lovely.

Cloud Chamber, 2011

Landscape: Threshole

His work inspires me to think deeper into my own photography and what possibilities there are for it as a way to gain understanding in our world today.