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Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber Ocula Report Sharjah Biennial 14: Leaving the Echo Chamber 15 Mar 2019 : Stephanie Bailey for Ocula

In Meiro Koizumi's three-channel video installation, The Angels of Testimony (2019), the central frame features an interview with Hajime Kondo about his time as a solider of the Imperial Japanese Army during the Second Sino-Japanese War. The conversation centres on war crimes perpetrated in China, including the beheading of Chinese prisoners for...

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Diana Campbell Betancourt Ocula Conversation Diana Campbell Betancourt

Diana Campbell Betancourt is a curator working predominantly across South and Southeast Asia. Since 2013 she has been the founding artistic director of the Samdani Art Foundation and chief curator of the Dhaka Art Summit in Dhaka, Bangladesh, a transnational art event that has grown in size and scale ever since its first edition in 2012. Backed by...

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Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art Ocula Report Chinternet Ugly at Manchester’s Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art 7 Mar 2019 : Mike Pinnington for Ocula

China, home to 802 million internet users, is subject to sophisticated online censorship. This shrouded state of affairs, unsurprisingly perhaps, serves to reinforce stereotypes around conformity elsewhere. Any realm, digital or otherwise, subject to such strict scrutiny must necessarily be bland and uncritical, right? I was mulling over such...

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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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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
Ghost in the Liquid Room (Metal) #5 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork Teppei KaneujiGhost in the Liquid Room (Metal) #5, 2014 Inkjet Print, Paper, Woods, Urethane Coating
63 x 174 x 1.5 cm
ONE AND J. Gallery
Games, Dance and the Constructions (Color Plywood) #3 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork Teppei KaneujiGames, Dance and the Constructions (Color Plywood) #3, 2015 Screen Print, Block Board
65.5 x 53.5 cm
ONE AND J. Gallery
ZONES (Light District) #12 區塊(光區)#12 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork Teppei KaneujiZONES (Light District) #12 區塊(光區)#12, 2018 Oil and reflection sticker on wood panel
140 x 200 x 3.3 cm
Eslite Gallery
ZONES (Light District)  #3 區塊(光區)#3 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork Teppei KaneujiZONES (Light District) #3 區塊(光區)#3, 2018 Oil and reflection sticker on wood panel
140 x 200 x 3.3 cm
Eslite Gallery

Current & Recent Exhibitions

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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
Contemporary art exhibition, Teppei Kaneuji, Romantic Barricade 浪漫的羈絆 at Eslite Gallery, Taipei
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8 September–7 October 2018 Teppei Kaneuji Romantic Barricade 浪漫的羈絆 Eslite Gallery, Taipei
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Singing Pictures at Whistle, Seoul
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10 August–8 September 2018 Group Exhibition Singing Pictures Whistle, Seoul

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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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