Koji Enokura榎倉康二

Koji Enokura was born in Tokyo in 1942 and obtained a MFA from the Oil Painting Department of Tokyo University of the Arts in 1968.

At the age of 27, Enokura presented an installation work at the “10th Tokyo Biennale ”, which the influential critic Yusuke Nakahara served as the commissioner. Other participating artists of this Biennale included Richard Serra, Christo, Carl Andre, Jiro Takamatsu and Susumu Koshimizu.

The following year, he received the Scholarship Award at the 7th Paris Youth Biennale. After staying in Paris in 1973-1974 he held solo exhibitions at Neue Galerie der Stadt Aachen in West Germany and the National Museum of Art in Osaka, which earned him much international acclaim.

In 1978 and 1980 he participated in the “Venice Biennale.” Although Enokura passed away in 1995 at the age of 52, his work and ideas has continued to draw a great deal of attention and several large-scale retrospectives were held both in Japan and abroad.

Enokura’s works are known for the distinctive techniques used to produce them as well as their commanding presence. Some of his most well known pieces include wall-sized murals slathered with waste oil and his “stain” works, which consist of waste oil and acrylic paint on wooden panels affixed to cotton cloth. By focusing consistently on the relationships between objects and the sense of materiality that can be found in how the human body relates to these objects, Enokura’s work represents an attempt to deviate from the framework of painting.

WORKS

Title
Untitled
Year
1968
Material
Inner Corner, Outer Edge
Size
182 x 240 cm
Title
Intervention (Story - No.51)
Year
1992
Material
Acrylic, Cotton, Wood
Size
218 x 290 cm
Title
Figure B-No.60
Year
1986
Material
Acrylic on cotton canvas
Size
165 x 345 cm
Title
Two Stains
Year
1972
Material
Silkscreen on a felt and canvas
Size
143 x 174 cm
Title
Untitled
Year
1978
Material
Waste oil on cotton
Size
135 x 190 cm
Title
Intervention (Story - No.5)
Year
1987
Materail
Acrylic paint on cotton
Size
173.7 x 335 cm
Title
BEHIND THE CURTAIN NO.2
Year
1991
Materail
Cotton, oil stain
Size
370 x 1200 cm
Title
Drawing D-No.16
Year
1981
Material
Paper,pastel conté, boiled oil
Size
56 x 76.7 cm
Title
Story No.48
Year
1992
Materail
Acrylic on canvas and wood
Size
290.9 x 218.2 cm
Title
Untitled
Year
1980
Material
Acrylic on canvas
Size
373 x 221 x22.5 cm
Title
Place
Year
1970
Material
Straw paper, engine oil, grease, glass, plexiglass
Title
Untitled
Year
1980
Material
Acrylic on cotton
Size
170 x 369 x 77.3 cm
Title
Intervention (Story - No.61)
Year
1993
Materail
Acrylic on cotton
Size
246.5 x 333.3 cm

EXHIBITIONS

Tokyo

Small Works

2020/6/13–7/25

Tokyo

Koji Enokura

2018/11/17–12/29

Tokyo

Group Show

2017/9/16–10/28

Tokyo

Memory of Mono-ha: by the photograph and document

2003/10/6–11/1

Tokyo

Koji Enokura

1991/6/3–6/15

Tokyo

Koji Enokura

1988/6/6–6/18

Tokyo

December Exhibition by 12 Artists

1986/12/1–12/20

Tokyo

Human Documents ’84/’85-3

1984/4/2–4/14

Tokyo

Koji Enokura

1983/10/24–11/5

Tokyo

Koji Enokura

1980/6/9–1989/6/21

Tokyo

Koji Enokura

1978/2/1–2/18

NEWS

Koji Enokura

Koji Enokura - Drawings
Dates:November 27 (fri), 2020 - December 20 (sun), 2020; January 15 (fri) - February 7 (sun), 2021 [Winter Break in-between]
Venue : Space 23℃ (Nakamachi 2-17-23, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo, 158-0091)
Hours: 12:00 ~ 18:00, Fri-Sun

● Talk Event: Koji Enokura and Education
Date: November 28 (sat), 2020
Time: 15:00 - 17:00
Speakers: Miho Shirai, Kazuhiro Nomura, Tatsuo Miyajima
Moderator: Ikeda Masafumi
※ Please visit Space 23℃’s website for more information

Koji Enokura

Chiba City Art Museum Collection - Selected Works 2020
Dates:November 03 (tue), 2020 - December 06 (sun), 2020
Venue : Chiba City Art Museum (Chiba City, Chiba Prefecture, Japan)