Masanori Aoyanagi | Director, National Museum of Western Art
"It is extremely difficult to express by words, yet it is a nostalgic feeling that everyone has in the deep part of my heart."
This is what I came to my mind when I saw HASHIGRAPHY for the first time.
When I first met HASHi (Hashimura Shigenobu), we soon got into a spirit. Absolutely, it is inevitable to say that encounters with HASHi are not easy things like spirituality, and there were something close to the impact.
I am involved in work excavation work on my own. In criticizing art, touching numerous masterpieces already widely recognized all over the world, it is worth it, but it has not been discovered by anyone yet, I myself knew nothing in the past The pleasure of meeting new things is more exciting than words can say. I want to meet that pleasure, I can say that I continue excavation work. In that sense, it is not an exaggeration to say that encounter with HASHi and HASHIGRAPHY is equivalent to excavating unknown art for me.
As an advertising photographer, the entity of HASHi, which has already built a high reputation in the world, is a pure creator to the last, and the unique axis of life, centered on the horizontal axis of the magnificent theme "time" and "mono" HASHi's pursuit of the way of photographs as fine art in the vertical axis of view · view of the world goes beyond the so-called secular range that it is active in the world, and is no longer a "photograph road" I feel that it is reaching extreme. I myself took pictures and I have been seeing countless photographic works in the past, but I have never seen works full of originality.
Through HASHIGRAPHY, HASHi reminds us of the scene that people living in the future of 3000 AD are viewing their work, and at the moment we see the work that will be reflected in their eyes It is "reproduced" as living in the 21st century. Moreover, many of the subjects which are the prototypes of those works inevitably make the past feel like the Roman ruins and the old Parisian streets. In other words, understanding can also be understood that it is the origin of HASHIGRAPHY to inherit the past subjects to the future through contemporary creative work through photographs. There is a common work in the excavation work of the ruins, such as telling the past things to the future via the passing point of the present age. For example, among the ruins of Roman times, one of the most famous, Pompeii in the southern part of Naples is a city buried under the eruption of Mount Vesuvi in 1979, but due to years of excavation efforts, The ruins are now open to the public, and most of the remains are exhibited in the National Museum of Naples. Visiting Pompei, we see the appearance of an ancient city in Italy 2000 years ago, we think of various things living in modern times. We will first grasp visually the numerous "past" such as the buildings of the water and the Justice Department, the shopping street, the mansion house, the common residence, seen in the ruins, in the form inspired by it, soon the mind will be 2000 I think of the old times that are said to have time slipping before the year and having a population of approximately 25,000 people. Also, those ruins will be preserved as important historical objects and probably will be kept unchanged in the same place as it is now, 1000 years after now, people who visited the same place To imagine the prosperity of Pompeii and the state of the eruption 3000 years ago.
HASHIGRPHY is bold and delicate. Imagine that your work will be appreciated after 100 years from now rather than 100 years later, and the method of reflecting it in creative work is fresh, innovative, bold and superb. On the other hand, the style of having textures like weathered photographs and tones like ink paintings sometimes gently appeal, sometimes marking the viewer's eyes with tremendous energy. Both of them contain unique delicacy that can only be produced by HASHi, which has been facing "objects" for a long time. Its subtlety is such a feeling that, through photographs, the essence of subjects as "objects" overflows.
HASHIGRAPHY is made with a totally different approach from HASHi's masterpiece "action · Still Life" which frozen the world of one hundred thousandths of a second as "eternal instant". The existence of HASHi, who is absorbed in creative activities while interpreting the theme of "time" equally given to everyone, with different spans, and which is stepping up his / her photography path, is expected not only in Japan but also in the future It has such a feeling that gives a big influence on fine art scene of. Considering only Japan, now, as excellent talent continues to flow out from Japan to overseas, decades ago, I found a stage to persuade my own will in the world, called success The move of HASHi, which is going to be introduced in home country / Japan with a souvenir, is a welcome thing, from which I think many things modern Japanese learn.
HASHi and I are about the same, generations. I graduated from a Japanese university, studied abroad in Rome, I came to the current position by walking along the path of scholars and researchers. On the other hand, HASHi left for the United States nakedly and won the American dream. This time, we can not help feeling what is fateful when two people who were originally different fields met. It is supposed to be involved in the work related to excavation from now on with HASHi, and how he meets him will change my life as a scholar in the "Excavation of me" I am looking forward to it from now on that the result will change to a new work.