I observe two conflicting situations existing in the same space. The space where we are living is influenced by globalization and diversity. On the other hand, our ideas regarding values and culture are becoming more equal, people and places are losing their identities. I symbolically and abstractly expressed such incomprehensible space through taking photographs of my everyday life in Japan and America.
Born in 1984. Graduated from Yale University School of Art, MFA in photography
Fumi Ishino’s photographs are at once so ‘easy’ yet so oblique. They are visually charming, Tumblr-ready, playful, pleasing. But his photos are also like one of those jokes that you get only a few seconds after the punch line is delivered. In those few seconds you are suspended in a state of confusion and anticipation. But then when (if) you get it the reward is so satisfying.
Bruno Ceschel | Self Publish Be Happy
Fumi Ishino’s portfolio for the Japan Photo Award was a delightfully strange encounter for me! I greatly appreciate how he constructs such an erudite disorientation for the viewer, one where we oscillate between glimpsing a deeply subjective world while also being able to stand back and scrutinize what may be going on in a photographic sense. Fumi Ishino’s work recalls Larry Sultan and Mike Mandel’s Evidence project - not simply because of his use of black-and-white, and more so because of the way in which meaning and interpretation gets constructed through the contingencies between pictures and, hence, the idiosyncratic imaginings that are triggered in each individual viewer’s imagination.
Charlotte Cotton | Curator
-OPEN FRUIT IS GOD-
This work was created through assembling mainly small scenes I found in nature as if I am playing with magnet letters on a refrigerator. I assembled scenes, big and small , all together.
2012 Graduated from Ochanomizu University
2015年 "OPEN FRUIT IS GOD"(solo), gallery blanka, Aichi,
2014年 "icedland"(solo), Place M, Tokyo,
2013年 "Bone Of Water"(solo), Place M, Tokyo,
Each anonymous subject contains little distortion or discomfort, somehow the photographs seem fiction while reflecting reality. At first glance, the fragments of various phases of the image seem to have no context, and can’t be understood easily, so viewers are tricked and tossed. The photographs pose the question, “How do you understand vague and uncertain world?” to us and give us impression that we are tested how we react to the question. At the same time, they also give us a pleasant experience to stimulate the desire to see more. I was attracted to the power of the photographs to drag us into the unique pleasure space.
Mutsuko Ota | IMA Editorial Director
I feel far away and alienated from the world, like a traveler from another planet.
That is why I use photography to verify my existence!
David Toro | Dis Magazine
Basically, paintings and sculptures were originally part of the decoration of walls,that have now become independent. The value of art works are recognized independently by people paying attention to their backgrounds. I sometimes find paintings and sculptures are a part of the usual decor at houses of my friends' parents and relatives. People even forget they have these art works. But they don't take these works to the storage room, but display on the walls, so they are still visible. This work is a collection of private and artistic collections.
Born in 1987. Completed Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School of Fine Arts Sculpture Course.
Takayuki Ishii | Taka Ishii Gallery