En/trance is a series of projects providing a platform for the presentation of contemporary visual arts for year-long periods. In 2017, New York/Tokyo based multi-talented artist Hiroshi Sugimoto renovated the Japan Society foyer garden and it became a stage for welcoming visitors with immersive experiences with art. For the 2020-21 edition of En/trance, Teppei Kaneuji introduces his new site-specific installation.
Teppei Kaneuji Through 2021
Artist Teppei Kaneuji investigates the mass consumption of contemporary society, sourcing materials from everyday life, found objects, and figures in popular culture to create artworks that are at once playful and critical. For his new installation in the garden pond, S. F. (Splash and Flakes), he combines natural elements — tree branches from New York City — with ready-made artificial items — tubing and pipe fittings — in bricolage sculptures that add a dynamic narrative to the space. On the second floor, he displays works from his signature series, White Discharge, for which he assembled various everyday objects and plastic goods covered with white resin. His complex arrangements become fixtures that expand the garden’s original context, presenting a dialogue between the artworks and the plants.
Teppei Kaneuji (b. 1978, Japan) lives and works in Kyoto, Japan. He earned a Masters degree in Sculpture at Kyoto City University of the Arts and was in the exchange program at Royal College of Art, London, UK. He has participated in various international exhibitions including the Setouchi Triennial (Japan, 2019), the Echigo Tsumari Triennial (Japan, 2017), and Japanorama, at the Pompidou Center Metz (France, 2017), as well as solo exhibitions at Jane Lombard Gallery, New York; STPI Singapore; the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, China; Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan; and others. Kaneuji has also directed theater works including Tower (theater) (2017), developing concepts from his drawing and video works. He often collaborates with creators across genres and most recently worked as scenographer for Eraser Mountain with playwright Toshiki Okada and chelfitsch at NYU Skirball, which will tour to Europe this summer.
Watch artist Teppei Kaneuji introduce his new site-specific installation for the 2020-21 edition of En/trance.