Work

WESTON TERUYA / 2016 /  Things I gather (kumade) /  paper sculpture with Riso print, recycled office supplies, found handpainted protest poster, construction signage, and paper thread / 25 x 9 x 2 inches

Development of this project was provided through a residency at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI.

WESTON TERUYA / 2016 /  Things I gather (kumade) /  paper sculpture with Riso print, recycled office supplies, found handpainted protest poster, construction signage, and paper thread / 25 x 9 x 2 inches

Development of this project was provided through a residency at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI.

WESTON TERUYA / 2016 /  To split the stone /  paper sculpture with Riso & toner transfer prints, foreclosure counseling documents, metallic paper, paper thread, construction signage, recycled office supplies, and acrylic paint with cayenne pepper and burnt wood / 18 x 3 x 2 inches

Development of this project was provided through a residency at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI.

WESTON TERUYA / 2016 /  Be a place unmoved (Hongisto’s hammer) / paper sculpture with tar paper, construction signage, start-up brochures, Riso & toner transfer prints, metallic paper, paper thread, and paper pulp with burnt wood / 31 x 6 x 4 inches

WESTON TERUYA / 2016 /  Be a place unmoved (Hongisto’s hammer) / paper sculpture with tar paper, construction signage, start-up brochures, Riso & toner transfer prints, metallic paper, paper thread, and paper pulp with burnt wood / 31 x 6 x 4 inches

WESTON TERUYA / 2016 /  Be a place unmoved (Hongisto’s hammer) / paper sculpture with tar paper, construction signage, start-up brochures, Riso & toner transfer prints, metallic paper, paper thread, and paper pulp with burnt wood / 31 x 6 x 4 inches

WESTON TERUYA / 2016 / Rung by the many /  paper sculpture with recycled office supplies, toner transfer prints, metallic paper, start-up brochure, and paper thread / 22 x 4 x 1.5 inches

Development of this project was provided through a residency at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI.

WESTON TERUYA / Learning to speak, stakes of refusal / 2016 /  paper sculpture with tar paper, foreclosure counseling documents, recycled office supplies, metallic paper, paper thread, paper pulp shaped in mouth while reading model minority mutiny discussion questions, and acrylic paint with burnt paper ash / 14 x 4.5 x 4 inches

Development of this project was provided through a residency at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, MI.

Weston Teruya / Hawai’i / installation at San Francisco State University

Weston Teruya / Hawai’i / installation at San Francisco State University

Weston Teruya / Hawai’i / installation at San Francisco State University

Weston Teruya / Hawai’i / installation at San Francisco State University

Weston Teruya / 2015 / Installation at Mills College, Oakland for 6 Month Inaugural Residency Program

Weston Teruya / 2015 / Installation at Mills College, Oakland for 6 Month Inaugural Residency Program

Weston Teruya / Among the Many Waters / 2014 / spraypaint, gouache, collage, ink and color pencil on paper / 45 x 60 inches / Collection of the County of Alameda commissioned by the Alameda County Arts Commission

Weston Teruya / From the Rooftop / 2014 / spraypaint, gouache, collage, ink and color pencil on paper / 45 x 60 inches / Collection of the County of Alameda commissioned by the Alameda County Arts Commission

Weston Teruya / Breathing the Tall Green / 2014 / spraypaint, gouache, collage, ink and color pencil on paper / 45 x 60 inches / Collection of the County of Alameda commissioned by the Alameda County Arts Commission

Weston TeruyaMany times under the ornate canopy / 2010 / paper, pencil and acrylic paint24 x 35 x 35 inches

Weston TeruyaMany times under the ornate canopy / 2010 / paper, pencil and acrylic paint24 x 35 x 35 inches

Weston TeruyaMany times under the ornate canopy / 2010 / paper, pencil and acrylic paint24 x 35 x 35 inches

Weston TeruyaAt the corner between the trimmed green and fenced in lot / 2010 / paper, pencil and acrylic paint / 24 x 35 x 35 inches

Weston TeruyaAt the corner between the trimmed green and fenced in lot / 2010 / paper, pencil and acrylic paint / 24 x 35 x 35 inches

Videos

Weston Teruya / BAN 6 – Miniature… / 2011 / Yerba Buena Center for the Arts

Weston Teruya / 4 large scale drawings commissioned for the Highland Hospital Acute Trauma Center / 2014

The podcast is (un)making. Each episode I talk with artists, cultural workers, or arts administrators of color to discuss their work, how they got to where they are in their careers, and how they situate their practices in the world at large. One of the main themes in the podcast is looking at how people navigate or work toward cultural equity in their practices.

Episodes are released every other Wednesday on ITunes & Soundcloud through Art Practical Audio, with posts to the Art Practical website on those Fridays.

BIO

Weston Teruya presents The Future Needs New Plans, a series of talismanic paper sculptures honoring the community histories and spaces that surround and intersect his life and work. Each piece weaves together found paper materials marked with traces of their past uses, prints of archival photographs, and cut paper imagery. The objects and the accreted layers of material reference historic sociopolitical movements, moments of cross cultural solidarity, and current community struggles (including moments where past coalitions have faltered). These are wayfinding devices of a sort, objects that focus and call upon the intersection of geographic space and collective action; that look to the past to move us forward. The paper sculptures in this exhibition were created as a Fellowship artist-in-residence at Kala Art Institute and in residency at Ox-Bow School of Art & Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan.

Teruya’s installations have focused on a variety of geographic locations including Southeastern Los Angeles County where a medical facility, public golf course, and juvenile detention facility intersect and overlap, exacerbating tension and despair in a juvenile population . He also worked with Palo Alto community residents and City Planning Department members to create an interpretation of their city in foamcore and paper.  He imagined how a shared space can be created amongst a dislocated community—looking particularly at people from Hawai’i living throughout the continental US. For his Artadia exhibition in New York he explored stories from New York City firefighters–particularly women of color in the department. Through his artists residency at Mills College in Oakland, CA, Teruya centered on a series of sculptural exchanges with businesses and storefront organizations in the 25th and Telegraph neighborhood of Oakland, as a means of investing and highlighting local skills and knowledge. At San Francisco Recology Residency he mined the refuse of business, government and people, creating an installation of recast documents, left artifacts as totems and symbolic mementos of loss, transition and hope.

Weston Teruya, born in 1977 and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Recent grants include Creative Work Fund  2016; deYoung Museum Artist Studio Program Artist-in-Residence 2017; Kala Fellowship 2016; Irvine Fellow at the Lucas Artist Residency of the Montalvo Arts Center; 2014 Investing in Artists grant from the Center for Cultural Innovation; 2009 Artadia grant.  Teruya recently launched his podcast Un-Making, hosted by Art Practical. We’ve linked to his podcast on Teruya’s artist page.

Press

April 18, 2017
PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY
March 19, 2017
Wall Street International
February 25, 2011
Art in America
February 7, 2011
KQED Arts
December 5, 2008
Sculpture Magazine
November 5, 2008
7 x 7 Magazine, San Francisco
September 5, 2006
Artweek
February 5, 2006
Fecal Face
Press Continued

News

April 18, 2017
PATRICIA SWEETOW GALLERY
November 12, 2015
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts