Chihiro Kabata

Dark Ocean, Arctic Ocean, 2013, 900x937Chihiro's thoughts on her residency at INSTINC:

"When something cannot be seen—that is when the imagination is stimulated the most. 

Not showing something—that is one way of creating an impression of an existence that is stronger than when it can be seen.

When trying to create an artwork through the negative act of not showing, you need to create a suitable "doorway" by which the viewer's imagination can be stimulated. I choose painting to be that doorway. I think the most suitable paintings for that task are abstract paintings, because they demand a lot of the viewer's imagination.

When you try to create such a painting, you have to be careful, because as soon as you depict a recognisable "subject" in the painting, you start to restrict the viewer's imagination. For example, you might unwittingly restrict it in terms of scale or time. What I am trying to achieve instead is a painting that will serve as a catalyst for an imaginary leap to a place that transcends scale, a place that cannot normally be imagined.

In my paintings I don't depict particular subjects and thus avoid introducing this kind of restriction.

I make many tens of thousands of lines in the paintings, and yet I never actually depict anything. You could say that the lines I make are horizons, borders between the visible and the invisible. As such they are absolute, and cannot be crossed by me or the viewer."

2004      MFA, Musashino Art University

Selected Solo Exhibitions
2013      Folding Shadows, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2013      Adrift in the Dark, Kashya Hildebrand, Zurich, Switzerland
2012      World Crosses Over the Mirror, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2012      Time dilation, hpgrp Window Gallery Marunouchi, Tokyo, Japan
2011      Closed with Eyes Opened, Art Front Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
2011      Fear, Flight and Fleeting, ICAS, Singapore
2011      Stratosphere vol.1 Tracing the “Self”, αM, Tokyo, Japan
2010      Event horizon—Innerscape, Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo, Japan

Selected Group Exhibitions
2013      P.O.V. Alternative Perspectives in Asian Contemporary Photography, Galerie Steph, Singapore
2012      Encounter: The Royal Academy in Asia, ICAS, Singapore
2012      VOCA2012, The Ueno Royal Museum, Tokyo, Japan
2012      Azamino Contemporary vol.2 Viewpoints: Drawing and Painting, Yokohama Civic Art Gallery Azamino, Kanagawa, Japan
2011      MOT Annual 2011: Nearest Faraway, Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

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