By making an explosion on a film plane in total darkness, Ono captures the elements of explosion in a single photograph: light, heat, duration of time and chemical reaction. Each photograph is an object of an experience, and each reveals unique and its own memory of the past. Both quietly and loudly, the photographs tell viewers the terrifying stories of destructive firepower through representing their own physical experiences and not one photographer’s observation.
Masahito Ono (b. 1983) is an artist whose aspiration to produce art emerged from his previous work as a video journalist, where every news item and image becomes a fast-cycle product and its value is often determined by its salability. From this accelerated speed, he aspired to now produce a work of art that can retain the significance of its existence over time, a work in which to gain a long life by living and passing in the present moment at a slower pace relative to the actual passing of time and all the other beings. Ono’s practice explores a wide range of storytelling through incorporating sculpture and installation into photography and video, and introduces duration of time in his work. Ono received his MFA in Photography and Related Media at Parsons School of Design in 2015 and has showcased his works internationally with two solo exhibitions in Tokyo and a number of group exhibitions worldwide. Ono has studied in Sweden, Japan, and the United States and currently lives and works in New York.