Using paper shopping bags from upscale boutiques like Gucci and Barneys, Yuken Teruya creates views of starry night skies by cutting small holes into the bags. The ingeniously simple sculptures rely only on the light of the room to create an enchanting glow that illuminates the holes of varying sizes. And each bag – there were at least 10 – represents a view of the night sky as seen from a different part of the world.
“Uncovering small metamorphosis in familiar objects is an exercise which enables one to turn routine into moments of significance, making us more aware of the indefinite alterations in our surroundings,” said the artist.
“Constellation” was originally created for the 2012 Sydney Biennale. But a new version of it is currently on display at Josee Bienvenu Gallery as part of a larger solo exhibition titled The Simple Truth. The show is up through April 11, 2015.
The Okinawa-born artist also created a “Minding My Own Busines,” a set of nine altered New York Times newspapers. “Sprouts emerge from page-one photographs in the newspaper, adding a nuanced narration to the article,” notes the gallery.