Yuken Teruya,  Notice-Forest, Five Reasons , 2011. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Yuken Teruya, Notice-Forest, Five Reasons, 2011. Image Courtesy of the Artist.

Yuken Teruya: cUTTING TREES
ON VIEW October 17, 2018 - March 31, 2019

New York-based artist Yuken Teruya transforms discarded newspapers, fast food packages, and commercial shopping bags into intricate vignettes and lush foliage. In Cutting Trees, the artist will present intricate dioramas based on the image of an existing tree by meticulously cutting out and folding individual paper bags. Teruya’s work validates his respect for material, craft, and the environment. His use of paper is an act of returning discarded timber back to the setting of a quiet land, reminding viewers of the fragility of our ecosystem and encouraging them to consider the wondrous nature of the commonplace.

Yuken Teruya’s Cutting Trees will be on view from October 17, 2018 through March 31, 2019. This exhibition will be accompanied by a series of storytelling events, activities and programs that explore the beauty in every day materials, reverence for the environment and opportunities for our youngest visitors to use scissors.

About the Artist


Yuken Teruya was born in Okinawa, Japan in 1973 and received his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York. His work lives in numerous collections that include the Guggenheim Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo, Japan. Teruya is the recipient of awards from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, and the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art. His work has been on view at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Asia Society, and the Kunstwerein Wiesbaden in Germany.