Teppei Kaneuji investigates the mass consumption of contemporary Japanese culture, sourcing materials from everyday life, found objects and manga characters to create sculpture that is at once playful and menacing. Kaneuji grafts together the detritus of overconsumption, creating candy-colored sculptures and prints with Manga-influenced lines that are the product of the overly stimulating, image-saturated culture in which he was raised. His signature series, White Discharge, (2002 onwards), consists of architectonic constructions assembling action figures, plastic food, and other small objects, covered with goopy white resin. Static yet dynamic in form, the unlikely allure of these bricolage entities lies in their embodiment of estranged elements; be they physical or psychological, attributes are layered, rationalized and given a new life through complex arrangements.
Teppei Kaneuji (b. 1978, Japan) lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. Kaneuji earned a graduate degree in sculpture at Kyoto City University of the Arts in 2003. His work has been exhibited at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China; Eslite Gallery, Beijing, China; Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney, Australia; ShugoArts, Tokyo, Japan; Yokohama Museum of Art, Yokohama, Japan; Gallery αM, Tokyo, Japan; Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan; Museum of Art, Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea; National Museum of Singapore, Singapore; National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan; Kyoto and the International Manga Museum, Kyoto, Japan.