Naoki Ishikawa "Polar"

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Naoki Ishikawa is an artist who creates pictures of "somewhere other than here," featuring the places he encounters in his travels. Better known as the young adventurer who accomplished great feats such as becoming the youngest person to climb the highest mountains of the world's seven continents, Ishikawa is now thirty years old, and since his late teens he has been traveling to the world's frontiers. Ishikawa's curiosity is the driving force that has pushed his body and mind to their limits, enabling him to look Nature in the face and reach unknown horizons, and it is also this curiosity that spurs his interest in cultural anthropology. Ishikawa very naturally came to use a camera in order to record his adventures, and as he encountered unknown scenes, his eye evolved to the point where it no longer produced photographs that merely recorded his achievements but instead became art, expressions of scenes passed through his own special filter.

Naoki Ishikawa's chance to share these photographs with the world came with his photo collection The Void, which features New Zealand's virgin forests and was published by Knee High Media Japan in 2005. Capturing the air of the almost impenetrable forest and magnificent landscape, Ishikawa's camera imparts a sense of universality and tension, successfully resulting in a moving work of contemporary art. This autumn, Ishikawa announced another compilation with his photo collection New Dimension (pub. Akaakasha) featuring his travels to view prehistoric wall paintings.

As the name implies, "Polar" is an exhibition of photos from the Arctic Circle to which Ishikawa has traveled many times since his first visit during the Pole to Pole expedition in 2000. The general image conjured up by the term 'the Arctic Circle' is perhaps one of giant icebergs and unexplored areas of permafrost. However, it actually refers to the expansive region above 66.6 degrees latitude north that includes the northernmost part of the North American continent, the north of the Scandinavian Peninsula and Siberia, as well as parts of Greenland. This area is inhabited and possesses its own industries and culture. It is the home of unapproachable mountain ranges of ice, lives eked out in harbors at the end of the earth, and people who share their homes with the dogs who pull their sleds. Ishikawa has photographed many scenes from around this region that still has many mysteries capturing the awe, the overwhelming powerlessness of humanity, and the solitude of destiny that one feels when confronted with Nature. Most of us will probably never manage to venture to these frontiers, but through his photographs, Naoki Ishikawa gives us the opportunity to glimpse their reality.

[Image:"Ilulissat/Greenland" (2006)]

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From 2007-11-16 To 2007-12-22

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Naoki Ishikawa

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