This is an exhibition title that requires courage. Will visitors come to see a work that is prefaced with the phrase "It's nothing special, but..."? Wouldn't they be angry if they came to see the exhibition and found it really boring? The reason why I chose this title is because the works in this exhibition are in paper boxes, which remind me of a candy box or a gift with the lid opened.
It reminded me of the Japanese custom of giving a gift with a humble, "It's nothing special, but..." and I couldn't get this phrase out of my head. Of course, despite the modesty, the work cannot be really boring, and I believe it is enough to entertain the viewer's eyes. Maybe.
Even if someone says, "It's nothing special, but..." people want to be happy, so their expectations grow. I would like to respond to that.
Please come and receive a gift from me. It's nothing special, but...
Kinkan Gallery is pleased to present "It's Nothing Special, But..." by Ryoji Hirose from October 16 to November 7, 2021. Ryoji Hirose creates three-dimensional and two-dimensional works using a variety of materials, incorporating old paper and old tools as materials. In this exhibition, he will present a series of works using paper boxes. The title of this exhibition, "It's Nothing Special, But...," is an expression of humility unique to Japan, and we often use it when we tell people about ourselves or give them gifts. This expression, which does not mean that we are really "nothing special," has various meanings such as consideration for the other person, anxiety, sarcasm, joy, just a quip, or the reverse of confidence. Perhaps it is the most appropriate word to describe Ryoji Hirose's work.
(Kinkan Gallery, Kyoko Ota)
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