“I was on an express bus, looking at the pavement which passed my eyes at a high speed accelerated by the car engine. Looking still for some time, my vision automatically focused into a grainy surface of the pavement – appearing enlarged in my eyes. I do not entirely rely on my visionary sense because my eyes are spheres having limited sensitivities. What if my eyes have rectangular pupils? Another world-view will then be my reality. Imagine how insects with facet-eye like flies or birds view the world? The birds can capture an ultraviolet ray invisible to human, so they must have their own version of reality unique to their visionary sense.”
Contact Lenses by Haruka Kojin is comprised of a number of acrylic lenses in various sizes, that are spatially coordinated in an exhibition space. The image we see through these lenses may appear upside down or as a hologram, dynamically distorting the ‘reality’ as we see with our eyes. There is a wide variation in our visionary senses, and what we see is definitely not a single and only vision of the world. Our perception has an enormous possibility. A minute and tiny difference of preset could change all the appearance or even the constitution of the world.
Haruka Kojin was born in Hiroshima in 1983 and graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts (M.F.A.), in 2009. Her works were shown in Japan and abroad, including the United States, Brazil, and elsewhere, known for creating “strange feeling spaces” (ikūkan) extracted intuitively from everyday scenes, and recreating these as phenomena installations within the spaces of art museums and galleries. She formed the artist collective Me in 2013 and has since been a key member of the group. Haruka Kojin’s notable exhibitions include: Space for your future, at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, 2007; When Life Takes Form, Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo, 2008; Bye Bye Kittie, Japan Society Gallery, New York, 2011; amongst others. Currently exhibiting at House Project, Inujima, Setouchi Triennale; and Genbi Shinkansen on Joetsu Line. The art collective Me has presented Unreliable Reality – The Where of This World at Shiseido Gallery, Tokyo, 2014; and Day With a Man’s Face Floating in the Sky, Utsunomiya Art Museum, Tochigi, 2014. Me’s new work Maze Town – Phantasmagoria Alleys is shown now at Shodoshima as part of Setouchi Triennale.