White Discharge | Teppei Kaneuji

Reported by Wei Hong

Teppei Kaneuji born in Tokyo in 1978. He graduated from Kyoto City University of Arts, Major in Sculpture and he participated in an exchange program at Royal Collage of Art, London in 2001. Teppei Kaneuji completed his Master Course in Sculpture at Kyoto City University of Arts in 2003.

Teppei Kaneuji experiments with the occupation and absence of space. His assemblages of found objects, usually junk materials, and pop culture action figures are removed from their own context to create new forms and connections as a single shape. This is to ‘create paths for moving back and forth between things that are
usually in opposition to each other’. The ready made material are gathered in a certain theme or rule, for example a certain purpose of the item. The materials are then re-assembled into sculptural forms, disabling their functions and associated context to create new meanings and connections. Memory, observation and physical sensations influenced his philosophy and the sculpture. In White Discharge, layers of white polyester resin are poured onto his assemblages repeatedly until all items were covered. This process takes place over a period of time and it slowly changes the once familiar object into an object of unfamiliarity. It is like an eraser rubbing out a drawing, changing details that give definition into voids and spaces.

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