Sunday, July 20, 2008

Ushio Shinohara

ボクシング・ペインティング Boxing Painting 2002  Photo by IDE


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He is also known for his crazy, colourful illustrations, disfigured motorbike-sculptures carefully shaped out of moulds of rubbish (cardboard, glass, toys etc), and being the first Japanese youngster to sport the Mohawk in an era of acute conservatism in the 1960s.

Being unfamiliar with Shinohara’s art and reputation beforehand, I found this exhibition very informative. Cramped in the tiny gallery is a selection of works that represent typical Gyu-chan style, sans the boxing paintings. However, you can experience the full effect of these boxing paintings in a video that is being screened in the Mixrooffice end of the gallery.

I recommend seeing this video first – especially if you are new to this artist, like me – to get an idea of his history, and his personality. Shinohara’s work no doubt stand on their own, but it is his infectious, energetic personality that infuses his art with that extra special glint. If you are into loud, cute and grotesque pop art, then this is your thing.

Drop by at Nadiff’s “The Revenge of the Poisonous Frog” exhibit (showing until Oct 15th) to see Shinohara’s small-scale, postcard illustrations if you feel inspired – I made the mistake of going to this minimal exhibit first, but it’s difficult to appreciate his small sketches without knowing his main work. Hurry to Nanzuka first!

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Anonymous said...

Asombroso lo de los japoneses. La laboriosa raza nipona ha marcado pauta hasta en Bauta.

Suchi de Fernández (geodesta)