The Gallery: Yuken Teruya

The Gallery: Yuken Teruya

Sarah Coffey
Dec 19, 2008

Yuken Teruya constructs intricate paper cuttings from waste materials: toilet paper rolls, shopping bags, newspapers. His artworks are caught in transitional moments, when a paper bag begins to evolve into a tree or an old copy of the New York Times has sprung roots as a newspaper garden...

Although his works often resonate with political messages, he explains, Without criticizing the present, I prefer to find new clues to problems that are likely to polarize. I feel that my work shouldn't only have the function of conveying the artist's message. My works have a right to simply be beautiful or offer any kind of attraction."

Born in Japan, Yuken Teruya received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. He has exhibited widely in the U.S., Europe, and Japan and his work has been displayed at the Guggenheim and the Tokyo Museum of Modern Art. For more information, visit his studio site. In the U.S., Teruya's work is available through Shoshana Wayne Gallery in Los Angeles and Josee Bienvenu Gallery in New York.

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