Weston Teruya in the studio


February 25 – March 22, 2019
Commons Gallery

Events + Programs (events are free and open to the public)
Sunday, March 3
2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Gallery walkthrough with artist Weston Teruya
3:00 - 5:00 p.m., Joint opening reception with 2019 MFA Thesis Exhibition (The Art Gallery & Commons Gallery)

Thursday, March 7
4:45 - 5:45 p.m., Artist talk (Room 101, lecture hall)

Talk with Teruya in the Gallery

  • Monday, Feb. 25, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. (Gallery walk through 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, Feb. 28, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Mar. 4, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Mar. 5, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Mar. 7, 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

About the Exhibition 
Weston Teruya is known for his paper sculptural installations that examine the social dynamics, textures, and histories of specific sites. He is producing a new project, Expansion, on site during his residency. Expansion 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

About the Artist
Weston Teruya was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawai‘i and currently resides in Oakland, California. He has had solo exhibitions at Intersection for the Arts and Patricia Sweetow Gallery in San Francisco and Pro Arts in Oakland. Group exhibitions include Mills College Art Museum, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Southern Exposure, Longhouse Projects & the NYC Fire Museum in New York, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery in Tokyo, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.

Alongside his studio practice, 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; Halekulani 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.