by Teppei Kaneuji
Tuesday 16 October at 2 pm (by invitation only)
Image: Teppei Kaneuji, White Discharge, 2011 Photo: Courtesy of the artist
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.
-> This performance will be presented for the first time in France at ASIA NOW.
In addition to his performance, Teppei Kaneuji will also lead a children's workshop around the theme of "White Discharge." Each child will be given small objects to assemble and white resin will then be poured over the whole. The children will, of course, be allowed to take their creations home with them as a souvenir of ASIA NOW. Teppei Kaneuji has already led similar workshops in Japan, for example at the Roppongi Art Night, to a rousing success.