Japanese creative duo Ryuta Iida and Yoshihisa Tanaka work under the name Nerhol – from the words ‘neru’, to polish or work over, and ‘holu’ to sculpt and carve

The name fits their work very well as it mostly involves creating 3D pieces from 2D matter, stacking hundreds of sheets of paper on top of one another and carving away the layers. Portraits, Nerhol’s new show at the Slant! gallery in Kanazawa, Japan, features sculptures created by taking 200 shots of a single person over a span of three minutes, layering the resultant prints and cutting away at them: the subject appears slightly distorted due to minute shifts in position over the three minutes needed to take all the shots. Coexistence (shown), takes a different approach. For it, Nerhol used layers of mirrored paper which are similarly carved away to create an uneven surface. The ‘portrait’ is created by the reflection of the viewer in this sculpture.

Portraits is at Slant! until October 8, See more Nerhol work at

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