SHIGEKI MATSUYAMA : solo show : “Portrait of dazzle”

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Night Out Gallery is happy to present to you the solo show of Shigeki Matsuyama : “Portrait of dazzle”.
The reception party will be on Friday, the 29th of September from 6pm to 9pm.
The exhibition will be from the 30th of September to the 15th of October 2023.


A portrait is a depiction of a specific individual. It became an established style of painting during the Renaissance, and since then, many artists have created portraits with a wide variety of themes. Some portraits have pursued realism while others have emphasized or exaggerated the beauty or ugliness of their subjects. (Source: This is media “Syozouga”)

The series Portrait of dazzle uses facial photos found among the countless selfies and snaps uploaded on the Internet. With a video projector, the eyes from the photos were projected and traced onto a silhouette of another person, whose race, sex, hairstyle, or body shape differs from those of the original, thereby creating portraits reflecting anonymity and the uncertain veracity of information on the Internet.


Born in 1973, Shigeki Matsuyama began his career as an advertising illustrator in 1998. But the great Tohoku earthquake of 2011 and his first solo exhibition on the occasion, Uneasiness, prompted him to devote himself fully to his more conceptual art. Since then, he’s been creating paintings, sculptures and even entire spaces that he dresses in his highly recognizable black and white stripes, which undulate across drawn or 3D bodies, walls, floors and furniture. In fact, you may already have come across his work if you’ve visited the Harajuku Vans boutique he designated in 2020!

The artist’s work is based on a dazzling, blinding camouflage (dazzle, a word often used by the artist) that was used during the First World War to confuse the enemy, who didn’t know whether the ships painted in this way were advancing or retreating.
But Shigeki Matsuyama’s camouflaged portraits denounce another kind of disorder: that of our contemporaries, totally absorbed by their smartphones and their images on social networks.

All these portraits circulating by the millions on the Internet, the artist takes them, covers them with his motif, they are interchangeable: a man’s silhouette, a woman’s silhouette, a haircut, a garment whose cut can be guessed … These black and white bodies disturb, challenge.
Sometimes he puts eyes on these forms, and this gaze grabs us: does it correspond to the body on which it seems glued?
By dint of looking at ourselves and others through our smartphones, aren’t we all dazzled, blinded like soldiers facing camouflaged ships?
What do we gain from all this time spent looking at other people on our screens? This anonymous crowd in which we move, this Narcissus gaze we cast on ourselves… For what?
As soon as we step back a little, we feel uneasy.
How about a change of perspective, a return to reality?
An artist who questions our relationship to technology, to the smartphone, that object that serves our narcissism, but anonymizes everything and twists reality…

His latest solo exhibition, Narcissus stares into the water in April 2023 in Tokyo, is very impressive in this respect.




(※This is media「肖像画」より一部引用)


 作品《 Portrait of dazzle 》シリーズは、SNSやブログなどインターネット上にアップロードされている無数のセルフィーやスナップなどの顔写真から、ビデオプロジェクターを使い「目」だけを正確にトレースし、肖像の輪郭はモデルとした実際の人物から、人種や性別、髪型、体型などを全く別の人間に描き変えることで、インターネットの匿名性や情報の不確かさを表現した「現代人の肖像画」です。



1973年生まれの松山しげきは、1998年に広告、プロダクトのイラストレーターとしてのキャリアをスタートさせた。2011年に開催された個展「UNEASINESS」をきっかけに、よりコンセプチュアルなアートに専念するようになり、絵画、そして空間全体を使ったインスタレーションを中心に作品を制作している。2020年にオープンしたVans Store Harajukuを訪れたことのある人は、彼の黒と白のストライプの作品を目にしているだろう。





2023年4月に開催された個展「Narcissus Stares into the water」は、作品と空間全体がとても印象的だ。


Solo Exhibition (selection)

2023 “Narcissus Stares into the Water” Moto Eigakan / Tokyo
2022 “Portrait of Dazzle” GINZA SIX TSUTAYA BOOKS / Tokyo
2022 “Portrait of Dazzle” GR gallery / New York
2022 “Portraits III Red room” roid works gallery / Tokyo
2022 “Portrait of Dazzle” The Little Hut / Taipei
2022 “Portraits + AK” The Room AK / Tokyo
2022 “Portraits II” GALERIE OVO / Taipei
2021 “iGen sees the world in 2D” MA2 gallery / Tokyo
2021 “Portraits” roid works gallery / Tokyo
2020 “docomo x rooms / Seen behind watching : Dazzle room” rooms40 / Tokyo
2019 “Welcome to the new world” shu / Kanagawa
2019 “Communication:Dazzle room” studio fujino / Kanagawa
2017 “Narcissism” Clockenflap / Central
2016 “Narcissism : Dazzle room” rooms33 / Tokyo
2016 “Dazzle room” rooms32 / Tokyo
2012 “CHAOS” NOS, Ebisu,/Tokyo

Group Exhibition (selection)

2023 Shigeki Matsuyama x feebee “Ubiquitous IV” GALERIE OVO / Taipei
2023 “Study:Osaka Kansai International Art Festival (Nijigen-ha) Nakanoshima Library / Osaka
2023 “KITAKAZE” Maison Ozmen / Paris
2022 “ART021 SHANGHAI” Gallery FUNC / Shanghai
2022 “Post Imagine” Gallery ASTER / Kanazawa
2022 “KIAF Art SEOUL 2022” Gallery IRRITUM / Seoul
2022 Geoffrey Bouillot x Shigeki Matsuyama “Fifty Shades of Grey” Maison Ozmen / Paris
2022 Shigeki Matsuyama x feebee “Ubiquitous” roid works gallery / Tokyo
2022 “MELTING POT” Mozuku Gallery / Kaohsiung
2022 Shigeki Matsuyama x feebee “Ubiquitous” Gallery A8T / Miyagi
2021 Takeru Amano x Shigeki Matsuyama “Duality” Urban Spree Galerie / Berlin
2021 “KIAF Art SEOUL 2021” Gallery IRRITUM / Seoul
2021 “Break Zenya Exhibition [Bijyutsutechou] selection” GINZA SIX / Tokyo
2021 “One FACE” roid works gallery / Tokyo
2021 “AaP2021″ roid works gallery / Tokyo
2019 “9 -nine-” studio fujino / Kanagawa
2018 “Amazon Fashion week 2018 A/W” Shibuya Hikarie / Tokyo
2016 “Paint it Black” gallery Art graph / Tokyo
2015 “Kendama Exhibition” PINE BROOKLYN / Osaka
2014 “ROAD TO A DECADE” NOS / Tokyo
2014 “This is not a flower” gallery Yamanekoken /Saitama
2011 “RedDot ArtFair Miami 2011” gallery chord / Miami



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Dates : 09/30 – 10/15
  • Thursday to Monday from 1pm to 7pm,
  • Opening party : 09/29 from 6pm to 9pm,
  • Closed on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Where ?

Night out Gallery
150-0001 Shibuya City, Jingumae, 3−42−7 Aoyama Taiyo Bdlg 3F 301

東京都渋谷区神宮前3丁目42-7 青山太洋ビル3F 301号室