Yuken Teruya Studio: Notice-Forest and Corner Forest

I love this work by Yuken Teruya. It's beautiful, subtle and delicate; some of the qualities that make it so successfully subversive and political. Some of the best political work engages a viewer, instead of overtly pronouncing or preaching a message, by presenting an idea that is more complex than the critical stance the artist or the work may take.

Here is a quote from Yuken's site about his own practice:

"Pizza Boxes, a McDonald's bag, Flags, Desserts and Toilet Paper rolls... when these items become artworks, they also easily become political, maybe because they are taken from daily life. But if you find unexpected shapes and colors from the toilet rolls, they become something else. It's not about politics anymore, and you can take out the idea of toilet paper roll to your house.

Without criticizing the present, I prefer to find new clues to problems that are likely to polarize.

I feel that my work shouldn't only have the function of conveying the artist's message. My works have a right to simply be beautiful or offer any kind of attraction."

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