UCCA Beijing

Teppei Kaneuji: Towering Something

2013.6.28 - 2013.9.15

2012

Wood, plastic, steel, resin

80 x 70 x 36 cm

Courtesy the artist and ShugoArts

Photo by Yusuke Nishimitsu

About

Location:  Central Gallery and Nave

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.

News

“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

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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