Selected works by Yuken Teruya

Yuken Teruya
Yuken Teruya Golden Arch Parkway McDonald's (brown)

2005

paper, glue

8.3 x 12.7 x 24.2 cm
The detritus of urban life has long provided material solutions for artists; in Yuken Teruya’s work, the discarded becomes the site of poetic transformation. Shopping bags – in some ways the emblematic item of rampant consumerism, one-use receptacles quickly ditched – are placed within the gallery at a ninety-degree angle, their ends to the wall, becoming peepholes for one viewer at a time. Their dark interiors are speckled with light from holes cut into the bag’s paper surface; the shape of the hole is that of a full-grown tree, so the bag becomes both stage (with its own lighting) and source of imagery.
Yuken Teruya
Yuken Teruya Golden Arch Parkway McDonald's (Japanese)

2005

paper, glue

9 x 15.3 x 26.5 cm
Stooping to encounter each work, the viewer is obliged to reimagine the nature of the receptacle: it’s changed from a passive to an active space. Each tree is painstakingly cut, its leaves and branches described with exceptional care, and each bag derives from a slightly different source (sometimes highend fashion boutiques, others Mc- Donald’s), which stages the tree’s connection to the natural world in divergent ways. At times, as in Golden Arch Parkway McDonald’s (Brown), the bag’s mellow ochre tones evoke autumnal shades; at others, such as LVMH Mark Jacobs, the black bag lends the tree a doomy and gothic aspect. Reversing the flow of industry from tree to paper, Teruya’s work has an environmental sensitivity that’s hard to miss. It’s also a poignant assertion of the role of the creative artist: as someone who finds meaning amid the morass of stuff we leave behind.
Yuken Teruya
Golden Arch Parkway McDonalds (Red Yellow)

2005

Paper, glue

12.7 x 17.8 x 28 cm
Yuken Teruya
Golden Arch Parkway McDonalds (Yellow)

2005

paper, glue

12.7 x 17.8 x 28 cm
Yuken Teruya
Golden Arch Parkway McDonald's (blue tree)

2005

paper, glue

12.7 x 17.7 x 28 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Berluti

2005

oil on canvas

10 x 17.5 x 22.5 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Chandon

2005

paper, glue

9 x 13 x 44.5 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Christian Dior

2005

paper, glue

8 x 15 x 19 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Givenchy

2005

paper, glue

10 x 20 x 18 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Hennessy

2005

paper, glue

10 x 10 x 37 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Le Bon Marche

2005

paper, glue

10 x 19.5 x 22.5 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Louis Vuitton

2005

paper, glue

14.5 x 40 x 33.5 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Marc Jacobs

2005

paper, glue

15 x 20 x 30.3 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Pucci

2005

paper, glue

9 x 23 x 16.5 cm
Yuken Teruya
LVMH - Sephora

2005

paper, glue

5 x 15 x 23 cm
Text by Ben Street

Other Resources

the-artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art; Yuken Teruya

artfacts.net
Additional Information on Yuken Teruya

joseebienvenugallery.com
Yuken Teruya, Notice-Forest, 2005, Installation View at PS1 Contemporary Arts Center

diverseworks.org - DiverseWorks presents Yuken Teruya ‘Notice Forest’
For NoticeForest, Yuken Teruya creates enchanting dioramas within products made from paper such as a take-out bag or the cardboard tube inside a toilet paper role. Carving detailed, miniature trees in each, Teruya makes fragile, magical sculptures about nature, craft, and consumerism.

spikyart.org - Yuken Teruya- “You-I, You-I”
Born in Okinawa and now a resident of New York, Yuken Teruya approaches each of his projects with a keen sense of the environments in which he lives. His work often traces the link from nature to consumerism, as well as actively borrowing from both traditional and contemporary sources in his works.

murataandfriends.de
A selection of Yuken Teruya’s works

murataandfriends.de
Yuken Teruya was born 1973 in Okinawa and is presently working in New York. His homeland lies in the south of Japan and is made up of many small islands. A general map of Japan usually doesnユt even show the Okinawa island group.

aldrichart.org - Aldrich Emerging Artist Award
Yuken Teruya was selected as the recipient of the Aldrich Emerging Artist Award for 2002 by the curatorial staff of the Museum. This Award is given to an artist whose work exhibits bold innovation, exciting originality, clear direction, and serious dedication. As the 2002 recipient, Teruya exhibited his work in his first solo exhibition.