Piero Atchugarry Gallery

Piero Atchugarry Gallery

5520 NE 4th Ave
Miami, FL 33137
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Yuken Teruya: WE BELONG HERE

Yuken Teruya:
WE BELONG HERE

February 15—April 18, 2020

The exhibition features an important new body of work, alongside several recent works never shown in the US before. Traversing mediums of 2D, 3D and installation, WE BELONG HERE presents a sharp critique of contemporary society through Yuken Teruya’s use of monumental landmarks as places of community and commodity. The works on view manifest Teruya’s continued investigation into the production of matter, energy and power in the human realm. His artistic production often recalls the Japanese tradition of honesty and simplicity, as well as his homeland, Okinawa. However, Teruya emerges with a singular voice from his twenty-year experience in western society.

Curator Martin Cracicun walks you through the exhibition and adds his comentary on Yuken Teruya’s work.

Fascinated with the decadence of contemporary culture, Teruya investigates the destructive tendencies of institutions of consumption that are pillars in our capitalistic society, such as banks, churches and museums. By methodically dismantling the frameworks of these institutions, Teruya lays out a legible blueprint for his viewers. Committed to its political strength, the exhibition presents some of Teruya’s most ambitious projects to date; Demonstrating his unique ability to dominate medium, language and scale, WE BELONG HERE propels its viewer towards an uncontainable present that exceeds our current mundane experience.

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Yuken Teruya: WE BELONG HERE

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Yuken Teruya: WE BELONG HERE

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Yuken Teruya: WE BELONG HERE

Yuken Teruya (1973, Japan) is a Berlin-based artist. Teruya received his BFA from Tama Art University, Tokyo, in 1996, and his MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, in 2001. His work has been included in the Saatchi Gallery, London (2013), and public collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Guggenheim, New York; the Flag Art Foundation, New York; the Renwick Gallery; the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.; the Charles Saatchi Collection, London; the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan and the Humboldt Forum, Berlin, Germany. In addition, his work was also featured in 12TH Shanghai Biennale, PRO GRESS, 2018-2019; Where We Now Stand-In Order to Map the Future, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan (Oct. 12 2019– April 12 2020); Japanext:Contemporary Visual Arts & Culture Since 1970, Pompidou-Metz, France (2017) ;7th Moscow International Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow; Permanent Collection: Renwick Gallery, Washington, DC (2016); The Shapes of Space at The Guggenheim, New York (2007); Greater New York 2005 at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens, and in various other exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia.
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Yuken Teruya: WE BELONG HERE

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Yuken Teruya: WE BELONG HERE

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Andrés Michelena: …the two

Andrés Michelena: …the two

February 15—April 18, 2020​

Artists often express the burden of having to make a living by working on jobs detached from their main vocation. Urgency disrupts relevance and everyday practical needs disrupt creativity.

Andres Michelena’s experience was not different. The Venezuelan conceptual artist —with a progressive career spanning more than 20 years in Venezuela, USA and Europe— relied on his income from other sources. He just made sure that his non-artistic occupations were, one way or another, tied to art: arts programs coordinator, Art Collection Manager, gallery assistant.

Artist Andrés Michelena discusses his exhibition and process.
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Andrés Michelena: …the two
He also made sure that disposed scraps and refuse available from his daily activities became valuable sources for his work. Leftovers, considered trash by others, were raw materials for new work, re-appropriated, converted and transmuted into full pieces of art with aesthetic value and philosophical meaning. Two of these delightful appropriations are showcased at his new exhibition at Piero Atchugarry Gallery, Miami.

For one of his pieces, a box containing engravings created by Italian artist Sandro Chia as well as texts by American poet Michael Palmer referencing those engravings, were discarded after each piece was slated to be sold separately. This refuse conferred to Michelena several high-quality bi-fold (diptychs) with Palmer’s poems printed on them.

Michelena’s perpetual exploration of emptiness as a source, lead him to cut words from Palmer’s poems, painstakingly filling the void with other textures that created a new unity:A novel text, captivatingly original with a renewed style. The wonderful result deeply expresses the workmanship quality imbued in Michelena’s work.

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Andrés Michelena: …the two
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Andrés Michelena: …the two
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Andrés Michelena: …the two

While working parallel jobs at different institutions, Michelena became familiarized with Benjamin Moore’s paints and samples. The artist found their titles to be more poetic than the pigments’ palette itself, thus the conception of the second series in the exhibit: Haikus . Here, he creates a series of visual poems that follow the syllabic structure of Japanese haikus (5-7-5), using very thin pieces of wood to frame a void where he attaches cutouts of the paint swatches, clockwise along the frame, titles still included. These ribbons and their support were then transmuted into fully conceptual pieces. The results are delicate compositions of unusual beauty and uncommon minimalism.

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Andrés Michelena: …the two

About Piero Atchugarry Gallery

Piero Atchugarry gallery presents a contemporary art program and modern art survey. The gallery opened to the public in September 2013 with a Post-War Italian art exhibition. By January 2014 the gallery moved to a large stable adapted as an exhibition space in Garzón. In this space the program allowed outdoor and indoor proposal exploration, through the creation of dialogue between architectural features and curatorial practices.

On December 2018, the program expanded to North America with a second location, a 9000 square feet warehouse on 5520 NE 4th Avenue in the Design District neighborhood. The participation of the gallery in what is a boiling art community that connects Europe, Latin America and both coasts of the United States represents the commitment of the program to support and present the work of local and international artists with an institutional approach.

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