Weston Teruya in the studio



February 25 – March 22, 2019
Commons Gallery

Weston Teruya is known for his paper sculptural installations that examine the social dynamics, textures, and histories of specific sites. He will be producing a new installation in the Commons Gallery during his residency. Teruya appreciates the moment of slippage that occurs when a viewer realizes that a sculpture is not as solid as they first presumed and then begins to question the solidity and construction of the rest of their surroundings.

Events + Programs TBA

Exhibition Summary

Expansion is a sculptural project that looks at the hyperdevelopment of the built environment in the Ward and Kaka‘ako neighborhoods on O‘ahu. This examination threads together a history of infill, glass bottomed balcony pools with ocean views, techno-libertarian seasteading dreams amidst Pacific garbage patch gyres, and Elon Musk’s launch of a Tesla into orbit. The piece contends with the refuse and dislocations left in the wake of moneyed incursions across the land, water, and into the sky; from Hawai’i to California and into space. Expansion centers on a paper sculptural installation and video that incorporates elements like red dirt from Kaka‘ako, soil from Silicon Valley in California, and discarded materials also gathered from those areas, formed into small sculptures. In the end, Expansion strips away the ostentatious gloss to find the linkages between these historic and contemporary moments.

Weston Teruya installation

Artist Bio

Weston Teruya was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and currently resides in Oakland, California. As an artist, he has had solo exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco and Pro Arts in Oakland. Teruya has also exhibited at the Mills College Art Museum in Oakland, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, and Kearny Street Workshop in San Francisco, Longhouse Projects & the NYC Fire Museum in New York, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, and the Palo Alto Art Center. Weston has received grants from Artadia, the Center for Cultural Innovation’s Investing in Artists program, and the Creative Work Fund. He has been an artist-in-residence with the Lucas Artist Residency of the Montalvo Arts Center, Art+Practice+Ideas at Mills College, Recology San Francisco, Sedona Summer Colony, and Ox-Bow. In 2017 he will be a Fellowship Awardee resident with Kala Art Institute and a deYoung Museum Artists Studio resident. Weston received an MFA in Painting and Drawing and MA in Visual & Critical Studies from California College of the Arts. He has a BA in Studio art and minor in Asian American Studies from Pomona College.

Alongside his studio practice, Weston served as an appointed member of the Berkeley Civic Arts Commission where he chaired the grants committee and served on the policy committee. He also worked for the Community Investments program (formerly Cultural Equity Grants) of the San Francisco Arts Commission for eight years. He has been a grant panelist and juror for institutions including the Center for Cultural Innovation, Headlands Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure’s Alternative Exposure, and California College of the Arts.

Teruya is one of the three founding members of Related Tactics, a collective of artists, writers, curators, and educators of color creating projects and opportunities at the intersection of race and culture. And through a partnership with the online arts criticism platform Daily Serving-Art Practical, he recently launched (un)making, a podcast in discussion with artists, arts administrators, and cultural workers of color to discuss their lives, practices, and careers.

University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa’s Department of Art + Art History and College of Arts + Humanities; Hawai‘i State Foundation on Culture and the Arts, through appropriations from the Legislature of the State of Hawai‘i and by the National Endowment for the Arts; Waikiki Parc Hotel – Hospitality Sponsor for the Arts at UH Mānoa; and anonymous donors.

Gallery hours + admission:
Mon. – Fri. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Free admission. Donations are appreciated.
Parking fees may apply.

Information may be subject to change.