David Shrigley (b. 1968) is based in Brighton, UK. He was awarded an OBE (Order of the British Empire) for services to the visual arts in Britain's New Year Honours List 2020. Shrigley's diverse practice encompasses music, film, and public art, offering up realms reliably suffused with typically British black humour and satirical edge. Throughout his career however, Shrigley's energies have been channeled most often into drawings and paintings containing short pieces of text, and the ennui-filled images of this artist could be described as expanding the possibilities of art, while simultaneously setting themselves apart in their rejection of the seriousness synonymous with conventional art.
Kyoto-based Teppei Kaneuji (b. 1978) is known for his consistent use of collage-inspired techniques to produce piquant two-dimensional compositions of considerable complexity from materials such as magazine and manga cutouts, as well as sculptural pieces made by covering plastic products, toys and so on in plaster. Recently, boosting the scope of his expression and activities considerably, Kaneuji has also been heavily involved in set production. This includes, since last year, working with theatre unit Chelfitsch to present their Eraser Mountain production for theatre, and Eraser Forest museum version of the same production at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa.
This exhibition focuses primarily on the vast output of two-dimensional works by both Shrigley and Kaneuji. Don't miss this opportunity to catch the work of two artists who employ a witty approach to upturn quotidian scenarios in unexpected ways, breathing new life into familiar everyday images and objects.
Press release courtesy Yumiko Chiba Associates.
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