ARTIST:

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
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