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Teppei Kaneuji: Towering Something
2013.6.28 - 2013.9.15
Central Gallery and Nave
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Kyoto-born sculptor Teppei Kaneuji seeks out symbol-object relationships and then intentionally smothers their projected meanings by connecting lines, turning shapes inside out, and flip-flopping roles of “inner” and “outer.” In “Towering Something,” he gathers icons of modern culture and everyday objects—hula hoops, shopping carts, plastic dinosaurs, Doraemon—and assembles them into sculptural and cut-paper collages, resulting in Frankenstein sculptures that explore a separation of purpose and form. “White discharge,” or plastic resin, is poured over the mass of objects and then drips down to cover some pieces entirely, harden into stalactites, and pool on the ground. Intended to fill a mold, the resin instead acts as a shell, indicating a monstrous confrontation and embrace of the ambiguous and meaningless. Kaneuji created all of the works exclusively for the exhibition during a residency at UCCA during summer 2012. To be accompanied by a publication.

For more information, please read the “Teppei Kaneuji: Towering Something” press release.

White Discharge (Built-up Objects #28)
  • 2012
  • Wood, plastic, steel, resin
  • 80 x 70 x 36 cm
  • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
  • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
Works in the Exhibition
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    • White Discharge (cat shaped robots)
    • 2012
    • Wood, plastic, steel, resin
    • 110 x 25 x 25 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
    • White Discharge (Built-up Objects#24)
    • 2012
    • Wood, plastic, steel, resin
    • 143 x 60 x 42 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
    • White Discharge (Built-up Objects#26)
    • 2012
    • Wood, plastic, steel, resin
    • 39 x 26 x 21 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
    • White Discharge (knives)
    • 2012
    • Wood, plastic, steel, resin
    • 38 x 46 x 11 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
    • Twist & Shout
    • 2012
    • Sticker, steel, plastic
    • 60 x 35 x 35 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
    • White Discharge (Built-up Objects #28)
    • 2012
    • Wood, plastic, steel, resin
    • 80 x 70 x 36 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
    • White Discharge (chinese toys)
    • 2012
    • Wood, plastic, steel, resin
    • 43 x 27 x 35 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
    • White Discharge (18 figures)
    • 2012
    • Wood, plastic, steel, resin
    • 52 x 82 x 30 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
    • Games, Dance & the Constructions (AKATUYA #4)
    • 2011
    • Collage on paper
    • 103 x 72.8 cm
    • Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts
    • Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu
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  • “Shorn of their original function and meaning, the components of his sculptures exist as “pure” supports and props — a feature that is further accentuated by the resin coat that he subsequently pours over their surface, turning these disparate, unrelated objects into a single, new, and often monstrous form.”

    - Artorn.net
Related Programs
    • 2013.6.22
      [Family & School] UCCA Children's Artist Workshop: White Discharge
      14:00 - 15:30
      UCCA Salon
    • 2013.7.27
      [Talks & Forums] Teppei Kaneuji: About My Work
      15:30 - 17:00
      UCCA Auditorium
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