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Dates: 12 May – 23 June, 2012
Opening Hours: 12:00-19:00
Closing Dates: Sunday, Monday and Public Holidays
5th Floor ,1-3-2 Kiyosumi, Koto,
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Establishing the venue as a place where things, events and people that were never meant to meet can come together, just as they are.
ShugoArts is pleased to present “Something on the Planet” a new solo show of Teppei Kaneuji. In his artworks, Kaneuji brings existing products (plastic objects, timber, etc.) together, dismantles them and then reassembles them in accordance with some specific rule. He thus transforms existing objects into something completely new by bestowing on them meanings that are different to the original meanings with which they were imbued.
Kaneuji says that “There is a certain fear associated with the notion that events or changes in circumstances can lead to people or things being assigned different roles, but I think that is also quite liberating.” Last year Kaneuji did the art direction for the play “Kaden no yo ni Sawariaenai” (We can’t understand each other, like household appliances), by Toshiki Okada of Chelfitsch and the dancer Kaiji Moriyama, and became interested in the quick transformations between fiction and non-fiction that occur on the stage. The transformations were so complex, he thought, that the work achieved a state that was neither fiction nor non-fiction, and that a state was reached where something was both fiction and non-fiction depending entirely on the circumstances or the passing of time. For Kaneuji, this insight opened up a whole new realm of possibilities.
The gallery is not so much a continuation of reality but a place that is severed from it, and by coming into more direct contact with that gallery than ever before, Kaneuji can introduce into that space elements of the theater, he can mix together phenomenon that in fact exist at different scales. He can imbue his art with a new role. Kaneuji’s new works include sculptures made of piles of manga-themed objects, models for an imaginary theater production, videos, reflective panels and lenticular panels. All of them are presented in dramatic fashion in this, the artist’s first solo show at ShugoArts in two years.
Born 1978 in Kyoto. In 2003 completed a graduate degree in sculpture at Kyoto City University of the Arts. Major solo exhibitions include “splash and flake” at Museum Studio at Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art (2007); “TEAM 10 Teppei Kaneuji: Ghost In The City Lights” at Tokyo Wonder Sight, Shibuya, Tokyo (2008); “Melting City / Empty Forest” at Yokohama Museum of Art (2009); “Metamorphosis: Objects Today Vol. 6″ at Gallery αM, Tokyo (2009); “Recent Works Post Something” at ShugoArts, Tokyo (2010); “Ghost in the Museum” at Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art (2010); “Ghost in the City Lights” at Eslite Gallery, Taipei (2011); and “POST-NOTHING” at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2011). Major group exhibitions include: 2005 Yokohama Triennale (as part of the artist unit COUMA; Yamashita Pier, Yokohama); “All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art” at Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); “Beautiful New World: Current Japanese Visual Culture” at Beijing and Guangzhou (2007); “MOT Annual 2008: Unraveling and Revealing” at Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo (2008); “Platform 2009 Project by Invited Curators” at KIMUSA, etc., Seoul (2009); “TWIST & SHOUT” at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre, Thailand (2009); “Resonance” at Suntory Museum, Osaka (2010); “Making is Thinking” at Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011); Singapore Biennale at National Museum of Singapore (2011); “Ways of World-Making” at National Museum of Art, Osaka (2011); “Rokko Meets Arts 2011″ at Kobe (2011); “Akatsuka Fujio Manga University Exhibition” at Kyoto International Manga Museum (2011) and “Sculpture by Other Means” at One and J Gallery, Seoul (2012).
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