Through the simple repetitive motion of a pen, great structures slowly rise up. Perhaps real, huge buildings or cities are also constructed in this way, an accumulation of simple, tiny and personal activities. By pasting phenomena of various scales and meanings onto it, the tower comes to contain infinite space within it and starts breathing. It is impossible to capture every detail of all phenomena simultaneously occurring, things of which I am aware and unaware keep coming in and out continuously. It is like a model of a city or architecture as an organic phenomenon, as well as a single human being.
Teppei Kaneuji (b. 1978) has been exhibiting since 2001. The current exhibition at Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery is his first solo exhibition outside of Japan. Earlier this year, Yokohama Museum of Art held a major solo exhibition of Kaneuji’s work, Teppei Kaneuji: Melting City/Empty Forest. A 150 page catalogue was produced to accompany the exhibition. Group shows include WARM UP at the Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai (2009), Platform in KIMUSA 2009, hosted by Artsonje Center, Seoul (2009), MOT Annual 2008 – Unravelling and Revealing, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (2008), All About Laughter: Humor in Contemporary Art, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007), Beautiful New World: Contemporary Visual Culture from Japan, Long March Space, Inter Arts Center, Tokyo Gallery + BTAP, Beijing/Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhon (2007), ALLLOOKSAME?/TUTTTUGUALE?: Arte Cina Giappone Corea Arte, Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Trino, Italy (2006), YOKOHAMA 2005: International Triennale of Contemporary Art (as a member of the artist unit ‘COUMA’), Yamashita Wharf, Kanagawa (2005) and Table Tennis Players (as a member of the artist unit ‘COUMA’), art project room, ARTZONE, Kyoto (2005). Kaneuji’s work is in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. Tower is Teppei Kaneuji’s first exhibition with Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery.