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b. 1978, Japan

Teppei Kaneuji Biography

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.

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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

Teppei Kaneuji Featured Artworks

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ZONES (Block) #2 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiZONES (Block) #2, 2019Wood panel, lenticular poster, reflective sticker
40 x 40 x 50 cm
Jane Lombard Gallery Contact Gallery
Games, Dance and the Constructions #4 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiGames, Dance and the Constructions #4, 2011Collage on photograph
92.2 x 62.2 x 2.1 cm
Yumiko Chiba Associates Contact Gallery
White Discharge (Built-up Objects) #48 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiWhite Discharge (Built-up Objects) #48, 2019Wood, plastic, steel, resin
152 x 113 x 41 cm
Blum & Poe Contact Gallery
Ghost in the Liquid Room (Metal) #5 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiGhost in the Liquid Room (Metal) #5, 2014Inkjet Print, Paper, Woods, Urethane Coating
63 x 174 x 1.5 cm
One And J. Gallery Contact Gallery
Ghost in the Liquid Room by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiGhost in the Liquid Room, 2016Inkjet print on paper, wood, metal fittings
84 x 84 x 37 cm
Whistle Contact Gallery
The Eternal (Singapore) #2 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiThe Eternal (Singapore) #2, 2014Screen print, collage, paper, plastic object
70 x 60 x 60 cm
STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery Contact Gallery
Games, Dance and the Constructions (Unfinished Plywood) #20 by Teppei Kaneuji contemporary artwork
Teppei KaneujiGames, Dance and the Constructions (Unfinished Plywood) #20, 2016Screen print, block board
48 x 35 x 5 cm
Sold
Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery

Teppei Kaneuji Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Teppei Kaneuji, Chihiro Mori, Silver Mist From The Empty Pot at Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
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15 September–12 October 2020 Teppei Kaneuji, Chihiro Mori Silver Mist From The Empty Pot Jane Lombard GalleryOnline Only
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Turning the Axis of the World at STPI - Creative Workshop & Gallery, Singapore
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15 August–13 September 2020 Group Exhibition Turning the Axis of the World STPI - Creative Workshop & GallerySingapore
Contemporary art exhibition, David Shrigley / Teppei Kaneuji, David Shrigley / Teppei Kaneuji at Yumiko Chiba Associates, Tokyo
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2 June–11 July 2020 David Shrigley / Teppei Kaneuji Yumiko Chiba AssociatesTokyo

Teppei Kaneuji Represented By

Teppei Kaneuji In Ocula Magazine

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 By Ocula Editors

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...

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Teppei Kaneuji In Related Press

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

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 14 October 2015, Hyperallergic

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...

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

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 6 October 2014, Haus Konstruktiv for Undo / 01 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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Teppei Kaneuji 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) 1 November 2018, ASIA NOW

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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