Jiro Ishihara is a contemporary artist living in Saitama prefecture, Japan. He was born near Tokyo in 1971. He works in the field of photography, video and new media, which are essential parts of his investigation of the notion of “How do I describe the relationship between objects and myself?”. His work seeks a more intimate relationship with the viewer’s experiences.
In recent years, he has began to create photograph sculptures where the theme is the nature of photo media. Also, he is interested in the compound eyes of insects as a viewing system.
He studied architecture and product design at Musashino Art University in Tokyo and graduated in 1997, media art at IAMAS in Gifu Japan in 2000, and at Le Fresnoy in Tourcoing France in 2003. He was granted the ‘Paris Prize’ from Musashino Art Universiy in 2000 and the ‘Unesco-Aschberg Bursaries for Artist’ in 2001. He was the artist in residency at Cite Internationale des Arts (France), at Civitella Ranieri Center (Italy) , at Archipelago Art Residency in Korpo (Finland) and Buinho Creative Hub(Portugal).
Today he teaches art and computing at Nippon Institute of Technology in Japan.
Do you know of “amber insects”? This is an insect which was entangled in sap and fossilized for a hundred million years. Sap became amber through time and takes on the role of a capsule to keep the insects forever. In this project, I took photographs of vegetables, and I then crimped the photographs with acrylic resin. These vegetables exist in acrylic resin, so we can no longer touch them anymore.
Photographs are a 2 dimensional media. So we can say the camera is the machine that can convert the world from 3D to 2D. This media record of the world through deducting one dimension form 3D space to a 2D plane, is why we are interested in the photo media. In my art work, I try to the return media to 3D from the 2D as translated by camera.