Supersize Sandwiches in Acclaimed Artist Teppei Kaneuiji’s U.S. Debut
Courtesy of the artist and Jane Lombard Gallery
Kyoto-based artist Teppei Kaneuji investigates contemporary consumer cultures in Japan, fashioning darkly humorous sculptures from found objects such as plastic toys, cosmetics, kitchen items and magazines. His artworks often poke fun at the aesthetic beauty of utilitarian objects and explore ways for appreciating materials other than the social and economic values ascribed to them. Teenage Fan Club #82 is part of Kaneuji’s ongoing Teenage Fan Club series involving figurines from popular culture. Typically exhibited as one of many action figures, this sculpture features the beloved Wookiee Chewbacca from the Star Wars film series covered in the colorful hairpieces pervasive in the Japanese anime world. The smothering hair on the “Fan Club” works capture the overstimulation and overconsumption of the 1980s Japan of Kaneuji’s upbringing.
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Teppei Kaneuji is an omnivorous artist whose work is often described in musical terms cribbed from remix culture: his work is a mixtape, while he is a DJ. Such metaphors reflect both his preoccupation with pop culture and his penchant for combining divergent themes. 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. He incorporates diverse materials into his work, such as wood and colorful plastic tubing, sticky white polyester resin and neon toy parts, even action figurines’ removable hairpieces, which he transformed into hulking monsters in the work Teenaged Fan Club (2013). More recently he’s focused on his natural attraction to form, screen-printing assemblages of loudspeakers, piping, and hunks of meat onto stark white backgrounds.
Japanese, b. 1978, Kyoto, Japan, based in Kyoto, Japan