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Artist Spotlight – Yuken Teruya

January 6, 2010

Yuken Teruya

Notice-Forest, detail

     Yuken Teruya challenges the modern conventions of what art must be. Does art have to send a message from the artist? Must it be a social commentary? Teruya says his art is sometimes simply beatiful, serving the purpose of recycling materials that we typically consider waste into objects of great delicacy and beauty.

     The first image above is from his Corner Forest series, in which Teruya repurposes everyday toilet paper rolls into a forest installation. The second image comes from Notice-Forest, a somewhat similar project in which he uses many fast food and other paper shopping bags to create intimate cut paper landscapes.

     You can check out more from Yuken Teruya on his website. I’ve really been into cut paper lately, and just wanted to share something inspiring! Enjoy!

– Hannah

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