‘Ichiro Endo: Ultra Art Exhibition’


Painter and performance artist Ichiro Endo has no use for subtlety: he paints with his fists; he hurls himself at walls; he screams “Go for the future!” without a trace of irony. Such wide-eyed enthusiasm may indicate naivete, but Endo’s lack of nuance gives his work a childlike charm.

At the opening two weeks ago, Kiyosumi-Shirakawa’s Zenshi Gallery (www.zenshi.com) became his temporary studio. He cranked a boom-box and broke open cans of house paint, slowly transforming the small white room into a collage of splatter and self-styled slogans. Punk music screeched out tinny speakers as Endo dipped his hands in buckets of black paint. “Ikitanda oretachiwa!” (“We are living right now!”) he wailed, punching a canvas. Then he splashed the phrase across the wall with a roller, stopping occasionally to grin at the audience or throw himself against the canvas, bouncing off covered in more paint.

Read the full review at The Japan Times Online.

'Ichiro Endo: Ultra Art Exhibition' | The Japan Times Online

About Jason Andrew Jenkins

In 1997, Jason left his home near Atlanta for a year abroad. He liked it so much that he never went back. After three years in Taiwan and 13 years in Japan, he and his wife quit their desk jobs in Tokyo, pulled their kids out of local schools and traveled as a family for six years, living in Malaysia, Spain, and Mexico along the way. They returned to Japan — Osaka this time — in the summer of 2019. Jason loves Google Maps, carry-on luggage, and most dishes registering on the Scoville scale.
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