Yuken Teruya manipulates everyday objects, transforming their meanings to reflect on contemporary society and culture. Central features of his works include the idea of metamorphosis, and the subversion of expectations or traditional meanings.
Using a variety of materials and media — from kimonos, to pizza boxes, newspaper articles, shopping bags and paper-cuttings — Teruya frequently creates meticulous and intricate art works, small and enchanting worlds, which relate to broader concerns. Teruya’s works explore issues such as the growing consumerism of contemporary society, depleting natural resources and other problems associated with globalism, including the threat it poses to localised cultural traditions and identities.
In his recent series, ‘Notice forest’ 2003, Teruya created delicate and intricate papercut trees, constructed from discarded bags. His concern was to point to the link between environmental problems and the ever-growing ‘family trees’ of global corporations.
Yuken Teruya has had a number of solo exhibitions in the United States, where he currently resides, and in Germany and Japan. His work has appeared in 'Art Circus: Jumping from the Ordinary: Yokohama 2005: International Triennale of Contemporary Art', Japan; ‘Greater New York 2005’, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; and ‘Which Way the Tomorrow Is?’, Ota Fine Arts, Tokyo.
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