Chu Enoki

 

 

Chu Enoki
Born in Kagawa, 1944. Lives and works in Hyogo.

A self-taught artist with a few drawing lessons at the age of 20, Enoki took part in creative activities as a member of “Kobe Japan Zero”, an avant-garde artists’ group with a radical question over the exhibition by the general public. He utilizes a various forms of artistic expression from ambitious performances – “Naked Happening” (Hadaka no Hapuningu) in 1970, and remarkable “Going to Hungary with HANGARI” in 1977, when he shaved off every hair from head to toe on the right side of his body and traveled to Hungary has put him in a spotlight, to a large-scale installation from 1979, “LSDF” (Life Self Defense Force), an enormous canon sculpture aiming at a house of a Japanese gangster’s boss. Enoki’s provocative and unconventional performance includes mesmerizing “BAR ROSE CHU”, in the temporal bar he brought inside of the exhibition floor, and he dressed as a hostess and entertained guests. On the other hand, with skillful experience in working at the metal manufacturing factory, Enoki continued creating machinery sculptures and objects with used steel and metal parts, and especially after Hanshin-Awaji earthquake disaster in 2000, his sculpture works reflect and derive from the landscape of the futuristic urban city with recycled metal parts. Enoki’s modesty in spending his time to have continued working at the factory until a retirement age is a great impact to many contemporary artists of all generations. His previous and major exhibitions include “Gyu and Chu: Ushio Shinohara and Chu Enoki” Toyota Municipal Museum, Aichi (2007), “ROPPONGI CROSSING 2007: Future Beats in Japanese Contemporary Art” Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007), “Chu Enoki: This Man, Hazardous” Miyanomori International Museum, Sapporo (2008), and “Unleashing the Museum: Chu Enoki” Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, Hyogo (2011).

Collection

Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art
Miyanomori International Museum of Art, Sapporo(MIMAS)
Toyota Municipal Museum of Art