Zone Eclipse

Zone Eclipse
An exhibition of paintings and drawings by Chihiro Kabata & Yuuri Kabata (JAPAN)
25 & 26 Jan 2014@ INSTINC SOHO

INSTINC is pleased to hold an exhibition titled Zone Eclipse by Tokyo based artists Chihiro Kabata & Yuuri Kabata. With new bodies of paintings created during their one month in Singapore at INSTINC’s Artist-inresidence programme.

For Chihiro's works, she will be creating drawings made with black and coloured pens she brought from Japan. The works will be abstract on Epson glossy paper. For her, 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. She chooses painting to be that "doorway." She thinks the most suitable paintings for that task are abstract paintings, because they demand a lot of the viewer's imagination. She makes many tens of thousands of lines in the paintings, and yet she never actually depict anything. You could say that the lines she makes are horizons, borders between the visible and the invisible. As such they are absolute, and cannot be crossed by her or the viewer.

During her time in Singapore, Kabata Yuuri created a series of black and white paintings that were developed by assigning rules to each painting. In each work fixed rules are assigned, and they are painted following those rules. When painting tied to these laws, the non-fixed surface of the painting is a solitary job, and the act of production itself creates the work as a result. In the same way that there are limitless possibilities for complication in the repetition of simple expressions, the world that we know has acquired complexity in its repetitive formative processes.

The opening reception will be held at INSTINC gallery at the Central, SOHO on Jan 24th from 7pm. The artists will be present.

Chihiro Kabata
Chihiro Kabata is an up and coming Japanese artist whose drawings and sculptures accumulate delicate ink lines into powerful visions. Chihiro Kabata's medium of choice — ballpoint pen on paper – is deceptively humble, making the final result all the more unanticipated. Her works bring together the visual idioms of old Japan and the metaphysics of contemporary art. She is a practicing visual artist originally from Tokyo, Japan. She received her MFA from Musashino Art University. Chihiro Kabata has had numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. Venues have included
the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, The Ueno Royal Museum, Institute of Contemporary Arts Singapore ( ICAS ), gallery alpha M ( Musashino Art University ), Zibo museum, Pyeongtack museum, Nam-seoul university gallery, Art Front Gallery at Tokyo, kashya Hildebrand at Switzerland, and others. She was noticed in The College Art Association 101ST ANNUAL CONFERENCE NEW YORK( CAA)

Yuuri Kabata
Yuuri Kabata born and practice in JAPAN.Yuuri is a self‐taught visual artist. Currently based in Tokyo, Japan, Yuuri has had solo and group exhibitions internationally. Venues have included the Art Front Gallery, Meipam, Mitsui Art, Gallery G-wings, Gallery Valuer, Shinjuku Ophthalmologist Gallery, ART TRACE Gallery, Sato Museum, Nakanojo Biennale, Zibo art museum at China, Pyongtek museum at Korea, IANG Gallery at Korea, and Youkobo art space.