Work

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

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

WESTON TERUYA / 2016 /  Splintered on the black river /  paper sculpture with tar paper, recycled legal folder and office supplies, toner transfer print, security envelope, paper thread, construction signage, and acrylic paint with burnt paper ash / 49 x 10 x 4.5 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  /  Handle your own/say something/ongoing life, not just tasks (a letter to my brothers) / 2016 / paper sculpture / 16 x 4 x 6 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 / 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

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

 


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 / 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

BIO

Weston Teruya’s paper sculptures are reconfiguring symbols forming unexpected meanings. Teruya’s drawings tamper with social/political realities, speculating on issues of power, control, visibility, protection and, by contrast, privilege. “I create paper sculptural installations that examine the social dynamics, textures, and histories of specific sites and communities. Elements from social research, exchanges, and geographic studies are used to build a model that looks at the stories and forces that have shaped our contemporary landscape. While the locations investigated in the work shift, I am most drawn to objects and images that speak to the specificity of place and how issues of equity and justice manifest in the built environment.

In past projects Weston focused on a site in Southeastern Los Angeles County where a medical facility, public golf course, and juvenile hall all intersect and overlap, revealing their shared history. 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 or elsewhere. Recent projects have explored stories from New York City firefighters–particularly women of color in the department. He also explored the history and geography of Montalvo Art Center in California. His current project centers on a series of sculptural exchanges with businesses and storefront organizations in the 25th and Telegraph neighborhood of Oakland, California as a means of investing in and highlighting local skills and knowledge.

WESTON TERUYA was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and resides in the San Francisco Bay Area. Weston received his MFA and MA in Visual Criticism from California College of the Arts in 2006 and 2007, respectively. Exhibitions include Intersection for the Arts, Kearny Street Projects, and the diRosa Foundation, Bay Area Now 6, Atlanta Contemporary Art Center and Artadia’s 15th Anniversary Exhibition.  Honors include an 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; 2009 Oliver Ranch Studio Artist Residency, Murphy and Cadogan Fellowship in the Fine Arts, the San Francisco Foundation; Yesland Prize Finalist, Magic Theatre/Trillium Press, and APAture 2008 Featured Artist. His work was reviewed inArtforum’s “Critic’s Picks,” the San Francisco Bay Guardian, Artnet, Artweek, and SF Weekly.

Press

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

November 12, 2015
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts