Blind Gaze

Blind Gaze| KINJO Solo Exhibition

日本藝術家 KINJO最廣為人知的one’s eyes系列「半都市、半郊外」展覽,皆是在城市裡那些乾涸橋墩下或河川旁的牆壁上作畫。而這次的展覽「Blind Gaze」,空間是在一個密閉的地下室空間,沒有城市建物或河川或人群。KINJO使用紙箱做了一個燈光裝置,希望營造出一種在密閉空間內被作品集中注目的觀展體驗,轉換繪畫/觀者的主被動關係。



KINJO once said that, since he was a child, he had always been very concerned about other people’s eyes or sight. This is the reason that he gave, when he started to use ‘eyes’ for he inspiration as the recurring theme in his creations. However, he deliberately chose to use a less scary, abstract, somewhat anime-style of shape to express the concept of ‘eye’. This method of drawing by simplifying the shape and paring it right back to its most basic form, while using a white background as the white of the eye, originated from Kinjo’s favourite modes of artistic expression, such as animation culture and movies. In traditional paintings, such as religious paintings in the Middle Ages, the gaze or sight of a portrait usually represents some obscure emotions or subtle directional clues.

Although KINJO’s creative content also uses eyes as the central theme, it it not grounded in a concrete character as such. Instead, he uses a different approach: his way of expressing the ‘character’, is by integrating his sight into the space or object, erasing the entity of being able to view the character. Through this, there is a feeling of being that has a sense of existence, but is not a physical entity. A parallel can be drawn here to this approach being reminiscent of the interaction and engagement that occurs on social media networks. As an example, strangers click ‘like’ on each other’s on social media posts and comment in the related threads, or perhaps add their own views to the post’s topic of conversation. In the previous one’s eyes series, entitled ‘Semi-urban, Semi-suburban’ exhibition, KINJO painted under the dry bridge piers in the city or on the walls down by the river. Unlike on previous occasions, this exhibition space is housed in a closed basement with neither urban buildings, rivers nor crowds. He therefore chose to use cardboard boxes to build a light installation, aiming to create a viewing experience in a confined space that would focus viewers’ attention towards of his creations, thus transforming the active-passive relationship between the painting and the viewer.


KINJO was born in Tokyo, Japan in 1990. His grandparents, living in his hometown in Okinawa, often sent him daily necessities or toys from the United States or other overseas countries that he had never seen before. This memory is still held tightly in his heart. This is also the reason why he always used a technique of colouring and erasing, and then colouring over it once again when dealing with street graffiti and graphic works. He wanted the end result to be a blurry picture, comparable to the projection of vague memories through the colours that have been erased and superimposed on these actual existences.

Blind Gaze| KINJO Solo Exhibition
地點|伊日藝術計劃 B1
時間|Tue. – Sat. 14:00 – 19:00 週日、一休館

Date | 2022.04.09–04.30
Venue | YIRI ARTS B1
Open | Tue.—Sat. 14:00—19:00
Closed | Sun.—Mon.
Add. | No. 1, Lane 86, Xinming Road, Neihu District, Taipei City 114030, TAIWAN