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Teppei Kaneuji

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Teppei Kaneuji gained public recognition with his unusually early retrospective at the Yokohama Museum of Art in Japan in 2009, when he was just thirty-one. Hailed as a representative of a new generation of Japanese artists, Kaneuji uses laborious craftsmanship to dissociate banal products from their habitual contexts. He has been best known for sculptures and collages using everyday products in series such as “White Discharge,” 2002–, quasi-architectural constructions assembling action figures, plastic food models, and other inexpensive small objects, covered with white-painted resin, or “Sea and Pus,” 2003– , collages made from cutouts of photographed images of dripping cream pasted onto photographs of such anonymous places as junkyards and woods littered with heterogeneous debris. These and other series reflect Kaneuji’s idea of taking things out of the customary structures in which

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