Yuken Teruya - KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture London Wednesday, April 2, 2008 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Josée Bienvenu Gallery, New York

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘Swinging London’ describesYukenTeruya’s seductive exploration of our global throwaway culture. His sculptures trace the link from nature to consumerism by returning discarded trees back to the forest. In each paper bag the shape of a tree is created without adding or removing anything, just by cutting out and folding the paper from the bag itself. Each intricate tree is based on the image of an existing one.
    YukenTeruya is interested in corporations who start planting, invading and spreading by developing more and more branches, as in those by the ones who flourish as an ever-growing entity. For instance, LVMH is a group of gift bags selected from the many brands that the company comprises. They leisurely spread on an entire wall both flattering and questioning our fascination with shopping and luxury. Happy Meal Crossing and Golden Arch Parkway brings together McDonalds bags of assorted formats from various countries. Harboring its hidden forest of uniquely carved trees, the installation turns the infamous symbol of excess into an elegy. Gap Inc. underlines the marketing strategy of classifying customers in different strata. Previously, Three Seasons (Phillips, Sotheby’s, Christie’s) incorporated art itself in the economic food chain as a marketable commodity.”                                                                                                                                                 Source: Press release for the occasion of the exhibition Forest. Inc by the artist at Josee Bienvenuu Gallery, NewYork, 2005



Four works: (i) Swinging London (Smythson), (ii) Swinging London (Paul Smith), (iii) Swinging London (Smythson), (iv) Swinging London (Asprey London)

Paper and adhesive in the artist's Plexiglass boxes.
(i) Bag: 5.5 x 19 x 15 cm. (2 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 6 in)., Plastic Box: 8 x 22 x 18 cm. (3.14 x 8.66 x 7.09 in).; (ii) Bag: 10.2 x 27.9 x 45.1 cm. (4 x 11 x 17 3/4 in)., Plastic Box: 12 x 30 x 47.5 cm. (4.72 x 11.81 x 18.7 in).; (iii) Bag: 8.9 x 30.5 x 25.4 cm. (3 1/2 x 12 x 10 in)., Plastic Box: 10.5 x 33 x 27.5 cm. (4.1 x 83.8 x 69.9 in).; (iv) Bag: 11.4 x 27.3 x 27.3 cm. (4 1/2 x 10 3/4 x 10 3/4 in)., Plastic Box: 13 x 29.5 x 29.5 cm. (5.1 x 11.6 x 11.6 in).

£12,000 - 18,000 

KYOBAI, Japanese Art and Culture

3 Apr 2008, 6pm