Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

Recently opened at Yamamoto Gendai in Tokyo is a selection of Ushio Shinohara’s boxing paintings. Titled “Boxing Explosion on My Painting”, Shinohara has been applying paint onto canvases with boxing gloves since 1959, or thereabouts. The exhibition opened with a performance in the same space.
“Boxing Explosion on My Painting” runs until 22nd April.
"I do my Boxing Paintings from right to left, bam bam. I don’t think at all about composition or nuances of paint handling. The speed of punching with boxing gloves on both hands with paint on them must coincide with the speed of thinking. Therefore, thinking becomes very limited. The hands are faster. So my hands lead my thoughts, not the other way around." - Ushio Shinohara

Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

Ushio Shinohara, From ‘Boxing Explosion on My Painting’ (2017), Yamamoto Gendai. Photo: Nick West

For exhibition details: yamamotogendai.org/english/exhibitions
For more about the artist: ushio-shinohara
Ushio Shinohara was born in Tokyo (1932). The artist lives and works in New York.
©Nick West 2017