Yuken Teruya, Godiva, 2013, paper bag, glue, 5 x 9 x 18.7 cm
Pippy Houldsworth is delighted to present a body of new work by internationally renowned Japanese artist Yuken Teruya.
Best known for his intricately cut bags, for this exhibition Teruya plans to transform an assortment of newspapers which document the political upheaval triggered by the economic crisis. Tiny 'sprouts' will emerge from the surface of the newspapers, exemplifying how life continues to flourish despite the turbulence of the financial markets.
Teruya will also continue his exploration of mass consumption by fabricating a new series of luxury shopping bags. Transforming the detritus of consumerism into beautifully crafted works of art, Teruya uses unfamiliar materials in a way that elevates details often overlooked in everyday life.
Born in Okinawa, Japan in 1973, and currently based in New York, Yuken Teruya's work is currently on show at the Saatchi Gallery as part of Paper. Since gaining his MFA at the School of Visual Arts in New York in 2001, Teruya has exhibited internationally at venues including PS1 Contemporary Art Center, New York; The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Ueno Royal Art Museum, Tokyo, and the Sydney Biennale 2012.
His work is represented in numerous international collections, including the Guggenheim Museum, New York, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Saatchi Gallery, London, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Seattle Art Museum, Washington.
NATHAN COLEY | The Box
6 September - 5 October 2013