Weston Teruya: The Space Left Behind
Working exclusively with paper, Weston Teruya builds sculptural installations that examine the social dynamics, textures, and histories of specific sites and communities. Describing his process Teruya says, “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.”
While at Recology, Teruya has been looking for discarded objects that relate to, or result from, a changing San Francisco. Moving boxes and real estate signs signaling displacement and a transitory population have been recreated by Teruya using scavenged office paper supplies.
Teruya has also constructed objects that serve as barriers, such as fences, walls, keys, and locks—objects that also reference the physical structures of “home”—to explore issues of access. Some longer, horizontal sculptures are balanced on tall, narrow stands, indicating precariousness and insecurity. The fact that all components of Teruya’s sculptures are made of paper further reinforces the feeling of fragility, and in turn, the tenuous nature of the Bay Area community.
Teruya has exhibited at the Mills College Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, and the Headlands Center for the Arts, and is the recipient of a Montalvo Art Center Irvine Fellowship. He holds an MA in visual and critical studies and an MFA in painting and drawing from the California College of the Arts and is represented by Patricia Sweetow Gallery.