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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum Ocula Insight | Video Mark Bradford’s Call for Unity at Shanghai’s Long Museum 16 August 2019

Mark Bradford walks through Mark Bradford: Los Angeles Mark Bradford: Los Angeles at the Long Museum West Bund in Shanghai (27 July–13 October 2019) is the artist's largest solo exhibition to date in China. In this video for Ocula, Bradford and Diana Nawi, curator of the show, walk through selected works that convey the artist's concerns with...

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Teppei Kaneuji

b. 1978, Japan

Contemporary artist Teppei Kaneuji's playful yet ominous sculptures consist of found objects and images that negotiate the complexities of everyday life. Through these assemblages of commonplace items, overlooked and mundane objects are transformed into artworks that transcend their associated contexts and associations.

Born in Kyoto where he is now based, Kaneuji grew up with an interest in collecting objects such as toys and stickers. He studied sculpture at Kyoto City University of Arts where he received his BFA and MFA in 2001 and 2003 respectively. There, he learned traditional techniques such as modelling, stone and wood carving, and how to use resin. During the final year of his BFA, Kaneuji took part in an exchange programme, studying abroad at the Royal College of Art in London.

Throughout his career, Kaneuji's practice has consistently made use of contrasting found materials, often to comment on mass consumption in Japan. In his series 'White Discharge' (2002–ongoing), Kaneuji meshes together mismatched objects such as plastic buckets, rolls of tape, toy figurines and traffic cones, and covers them with dripping white resin to create fantastical landscapes. The colour of the resin is no accident; in the context of Japanese culture, the word 'white' suggests both existence and non-existence.

By contrast, the sculptural series 'Teenage Fan Club' (2007–ongoing) sees the artist creating a singular rule for himself: to use only hair pieces from action figures, superheroes, plastic anime dolls and other toy figurines. Inspired by watching people's heads sway together in the crowd at a concert, for this series Kaneuji removes the hair from the original body of the figurine to create new bipedal monsters.

Alongside his sculptural artworks, Kaneuji also experiments with two-dimensional images and printmaking. Much like the rest of his layered practice, his collages combine various textures, bringing together photos, magazine clippings, drawings and printed material. In his series 'Games, Dance and the Constructions' (2011–ongoing), Kaneuji assembles cut-outs from Japanese manga books and prints the illustrations onto plastic, mirror, plywood panels or soft plush sculptures, or merges them with photographs of real-life situations and locations, sometimes packing the contents into transparent frames. The series comments on the nature of two-dimensional objects and the relationship between image and object; as he explores different dimensions and contexts with ready-made materials, he changes how mundane objects are seen and interacted with.

Kaneuji had his first solo show at Kodama Gallery, Osaka, in 2002, and since then has exhibited extensively across Japan and internationally, including Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin (2006); Long March Space in Beijing (2007); Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (2009) and Gwangju Museum of Art (2010). Kaneuji's work has been collected by several public institutions including the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, Yokohama Museum of Art and Mori Art Museum, Tokyo.

Katherine Volk | Ocula | 2018
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Featured Artworks

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White Discharge (Built-up Objects) #48 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiWhite Discharge (Built-up Objects) #48, 2019 Wood, plastic, steel, resin
152 x 113 x 41 cm
Blum & Poe
Ghost in the Liquid Room (Lenticular) #11 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiGhost in the Liquid Room (Lenticular) #11, 2016 Lenticular sheets and reflective sheets on wood panel
30.2 x 99.8 x 20.2 cm
Blum & Poe
HAKUCHIZU (white map) by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiHAKUCHIZU (white map), 2019 Plaster, table, daily objects
Jane Lombard Gallery
ZONES (Mountain) #1 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiZONES (Mountain) #1, 2019 Oil paint, lenticular poster, reflective sticker on wood panel
150 x 150 cm
Jane Lombard Gallery
ZONES (Airport) #1 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiZONES (Airport) #1, 2019 Oil paint, lenticular poster, reflective sticker on wood panel
150 x 110 cm
Jane Lombard Gallery
Ghost in the Liquid Room (lenticular) #9 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiGhost in the Liquid Room (lenticular) #9, 2014 Lenticular sheets, reflective sheets on wooden panel
100 x 100 x 2 cm
Yumiko Chiba Associates
Ghost in the Liquid Room (Make-up Shadow / Mobile) #8 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiGhost in the Liquid Room (Make-up Shadow / Mobile) #8, 2016 Inkjet print on paper, wood, metal fittings
140 x 123 x 1.2 cm
Yumiko Chiba Associates
Ghost in the Liquid Room (Make-up Shadow) #2 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiGhost in the Liquid Room (Make-up Shadow) #2, 2016 Inkjet print on paper, wood, metal fittings
211 x 176 x 41.5 cm
Yumiko Chiba Associates

Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Vong Co RAHZI at Blum & Poe, Tokyo
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15 June–10 August 2019 Group Exhibition Vong Co RAHZI Blum & Poe, Tokyo
Contemporary art exhibition, Teppei Kaneuji, Plastic Barricade at Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
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23 May–3 July 2019 Teppei Kaneuji Plastic Barricade Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, Over the Rainbow 看見彩虹 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
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1–31 March 2019 Group exhibition Over the Rainbow 看見彩虹 Eslite Gallery, Taipei

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Howard Bilton, founder and chairman of the Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong Ocula Insight Howard Bilton, founder and chairman of the Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong 3 June 2016

Yorkshire-born businessman Howard Bilton is the founder and chairman of the Sovereign Art Foundation, established in Hong Kong in 2003. The Foundation focuses on both recognising the abundance of artistic talent in Asia and bringing the benefits of art therapy and education to underprivileged children.In both endeavours, the Foundation is...

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In Related Press

5 Highlights from the Asian Art Biennial 2015 Related Press 5 Highlights from the Asian Art Biennial 2015 Art Radar : 15 October 2015

Founded in 1988 under the auspices of the Taiwan Provincial Government’s Department of Education, NTMoFA was and remains the only public fine arts museum in Taiwan. In a push to downsize the Provincial Government in 1999, the museum was transferred into the hands of the Council of Cultural Affairs (now the Ministry of Culture as of 2012), and...

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In Japanese Sculptor’s US Solo Debut, a Phantasmagoria of Color and Motion Related Press In Japanese Sculptor’s US Solo Debut, a Phantasmagoria of Color and Motion Hyperallergic : 14 October 2015

Entering the world of Tokyo-based Japanese sculptor Teppei Kaneuji is like walking into a funky workshop gone awry. Quirky combinations of tools, surreal snow-caked household objects on barbecue grills, towers of Claes Oldenburg knockoffs, and black and white stuffed toys collide to create a phantasmagoria of color and action. In his first US solo...

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Moving Light, Roving Sight Related Press Moving Light, Roving Sight Artasia Pacific : 14 February 2015

Ikkan Art Gallery is one of the few venues in Singapore to serve up a consistently fascinating brew of video and new-media art. Ikkan’s most recent exhibition, Moving Light, Roving Sight, features a canny mix of contemporary Japanese artists and collectives, whose works are juxtaposed with older pieces by Western media artists. The latter...

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Logical Emotion: Contemporary Art From Japan In Switzerland Related Press Logical Emotion: Contemporary Art From Japan In Switzerland Haus Konstruktiv for Undo / 01 October 2014 : 6 October 2014

In the year 2014, Japan and Switzerland celebrate 150 years of diplomatic relations between them. To mark this occasion, Museum Haus Konstruktiv is collaborating with the Japan Foundation to realize the exhibition project "Logical Emotion – Contemporary Art from Japan". On the basis of the constructivist-concrete and conceptual art...

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In Video & Audio

ASIA NOW 2018 || Teppei Kaneuji (artist) & Reiko Tsubaki (Curator at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo) Related Video & Audio ASIA NOW 2018 || Teppei Kaneuji (artist) & Reiko Tsubaki (Curator at the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo) ASIA NOW : 1 November 2018

The artist Teppei Kaneuji and Reiko Tsubaki, Curator at the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, discuss the artist's recent sculptures and performances. Kaneuji investigates the mass consumption of contemporary Japanese culture, sourcing materials from everyday life, found objects and manga characters to create sculptures that are at once playful and...

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