Yuken Teruya - Notice Forest
For Notice Forest, 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.
Yuken Teruya is adept at transforming objects using very modest, intimately-scaled gestures. In Notice Forest, the artist subtly draws our attention to the effects of consumerism and globalism -- alluding to the depletion of fragile natural resources, the disappearance of cultural traditions and identities, and the distribution of wealth in the new world order. Working with discarded paper bags from takeout joints such as McDonald's and Krispy Kreme, commercial gift bags and post office packages, Teruya creates delicately rendered shadowboxes in which the sculptural form cut out from the container is shaped by the container itself. Using photography as the starting point, Teruya photographs trees he encounters in his daily life and then painstakingly recreates the form of the individual trees as paper cutouts that are suspended inside the bags. Light filters down through the holes to illuminate the tiny tree within each bag's miniature interior landscape in what the Teruya describes as his attempt to return a spent consumer product back to the forest.
by Yuken Teruya
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 doesnï¾•t even show the Okinawa island group. The district is part of the subtropical zone and accounts for the early flourishing of a light-hearted and lively culture, different from that found on Japanï¾•s main islands. What has made the place so famous is the tragedy of Okinawaï¾•s more recent history, the havoc wreaked by the end of the Second World War.
The work "You-I, You-I" by Yuken Teruya seems, at first glance, to be an original and traditional kimono from Okinawa, a ï¾’bingataï¾“. But a closer look at the kimonoï¾•s pattern reveals military motifs such as parachutists and military planes. After Okinawa was returned to Japan, the American military bases were kept in place and spread over 20% of the main island.
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