照屋 勇賢Yuken Teruya照屋勇贤

Yuken Teruya

Yuken Teruya

照屋勇賢は、トイレットペーパーの芯、ファーストフード店の紙袋、国旗や蝶のさなぎなど、日用品や身近なオブジェクトを用い、時にそれらの使用法を変え、意味をずらすことで、日頃気付かずに接している日常生活の枠組みや問題を、鮮やかな洞察力をもって作品化します。

代表作「告知―森」では、ファーストフード店の紙袋や有名ブランドの紙袋に微細な切り込みを入れ、紙袋の中に街路樹などの実在の木をモデルとした木をつくりだします。紙袋はそもそも木から作られた工業製品であり、紙に留められた木の記憶を呼び起こし、この作品は木を再生させる試みである。と照屋は語ります。声高にではなく、大量消費社会と森林破壊を繰り返す現代社会に、静かに警告を与えつつも、ゴディバの金色の紙袋が紅葉した黄金色の樹木へと再生する手法は、私たちを幻惑させます。

照屋は、故郷である沖縄を作品制作の主題としており、紅型を用いた作品「結い You-I」では、紅型の伝統的なモチーフである花鳥とともに、戦後沖縄の最大の問題ともいえる在沖米軍の戦闘機、パラシュート部隊、さらに絶滅が危惧される辺野古周辺海域に生息するジュゴンなどの模様が巧みに配置されています。一見して美しい紅型は、地域住民との軋轢を常に生み出し、現在も沖縄本土の約20%を占める米軍基地が、沖縄の一風景としてそこに存在することを静かに示しています。作品タイトルの-結い-とは相互扶助の精神に基づく共同作業の制度であると同時に、英語ではYou-I、他者と私を意味し、楽園のイメージをふされた南国沖縄と基地問題をかかえる沖縄の二面性、日本、沖縄、米国という立場も価値観も異なる他者がいかにして共存するかを私たちに考えさせます。
同様に、最新作「Heroes」においては、沖縄民権運動の瀬長亀次郎やウルトラマンなどの沖縄にとってのヒーロー、また1999年から居住するアメリカにおけるヒーロー、バラク・オバマやアメリカ原住民のジェロニモに加え、ポップスターの安室奈美恵や昭和天皇などの著名人のポートレートを紅型で染め上げています。統治者と被統治者、崇拝する者とされる者、自国にとっての英雄と他国にとっての敵といったきわめてポリティカルな主題を扱いつつも、照屋は鮮やかな色彩と詩情豊かな表現で観者をひきつけ、多様な立場や価値観とそこに横たわる大きな問題を私たちに気づかせてくれます。
Yuken Teruya turns frameworks and daily problems with brilliant insight that you unconsciously live with into artworks while changing the original usage and displacing its meaning. He utilizes daily goods and familiar objects, such as toilet paper tubes, paper bags of fast food restaurants, national flags, and chrysalis.
In his representative work, "Notice-Forest", he put some fine cuts on paper bags of famous brands and fast food restaurants, and created a tree in it modeling a real one, like a street tree. Teruya stated that since paper bags are originally industrial products made from trees, it reminds of memories of trees, and it is an attempt to regenerate the tree. Not raising voice loudly, the method regenerating a Godiva's gold paper bag into a golden tree of autumn colors blind us giving a warning quietly to the contemporary society which repeats mass consumption society and deforestation.
Teruya set his hometown, Okinawa, as the central subject of making works. In "You-I, You-I", an artwork of Bingata, it is sophisticatedly arranged with flowers and birds as a traditional motif of Bingata, the U.S. troops' fighters in Okinawa which could be the biggest issue in the post-war period, parachute troops, and endangered dugongs inhabiting in the surrounding sea areas of Henoko, Okinawa.
The apparently beautiful Bingata quietly suggests that there are the U.S military bases as normal scenery of Okinawa even in the present which accounts for about 20 percent of its main land and causing frictions against the local residents. While the Japanese term, "Yui", in the title stands for a cooperative system based on spirit of mutual support, the term also means "You" and "I" in English. It makes us to consider how people in different positions and with senses of value, like the Okinawa's dichotomy between a southern island's image as a paradise and as a place of military base issues, Japan, Okinawa, and the U.S. should coexist with one another.
Likewise in his work, "Heroes", he colored with Benigata portratis of famous people who are heroes of Okinawa, such as an activist of civil rights movement in Okinawa called Kamejiro Senaga, a popular superhero on TV called, Ultraman, and Barack Obama who has been an American hero started to live in the U.S. since 1999, an American aboriginal person called Geronimo, a famous Japanese pop star called Namie Amuro, and Showa Emperor. Dealing with very political themes, like rulers and subjects, worshipping people and worshipped people, and domestic heroes and enemies for other countries, he catches viewers' attention by vivid hues and lyrical expressions which make us realize diverse positions, senses of value, and big issues lying there.
Yuken Teruya turns frameworks and daily problems with brilliant insight that you unconsciously live with into artworks while changing the original usage and displacing its meaning. He utilizes daily goods and familiar objects, such as toilet paper tubes, paper bags of fast food restaurants, national flags, and chrysalis.
In his representative work, "Notice-Forest", he put some fine cuts on paper bags of famous brands and fast food restaurants, and created a tree in it modeling a real one, like a street tree. Teruya stated that since paper bags are originally industrial products made from trees, it reminds of memories of trees, and it is an attempt to regenerate the tree. Not raising voice loudly, the method regenerating a Godiva's gold paper bag into a golden tree of autumn colors blind us giving a warning quietly to the contemporary society which repeats mass consumption society and deforestation.
Teruya set his hometown, Okinawa, as the central subject of making works. In "You-I, You-I", an artwork of Bingata, it is sophisticatedly arranged with flowers and birds as a traditional motif of Bingata, the U.S. troops' fighters in Okinawa which could be the biggest issue in the post-war period, parachute troops, and endangered dugongs inhabiting in the surrounding sea areas of Henoko, Okinawa.
The apparently beautiful Bingata quietly suggests that there are the U.S military bases as normal scenery of Okinawa even in the present which accounts for about 20 percent of its main land and causing frictions against the local residents. While the Japanese term, "Yui", in the title stands for a cooperative system based on spirit of mutual support, the term also means "You" and "I" in English. It makes us to consider how people in different positions and with senses of value, like the Okinawa's dichotomy between a southern island's image as a paradise and as a place of military base issues, Japan, Okinawa, and the U.S. should coexist with one another.
Likewise in his work, "Heroes", he colored with Benigata portratis of famous people who are heroes of Okinawa, such as an activist of civil rights movement in Okinawa called Kamejiro Senaga, a popular superhero on TV called, Ultraman, and Barack Obama who has been an American hero started to live in the U.S. since 1999, an American aboriginal person called Geronimo, a famous Japanese pop star called Namie Amuro, and Showa Emperor. Dealing with very political themes, like rulers and subjects, worshipping people and worshipped people, and domestic heroes and enemies for other countries, he catches viewers' attention by vivid hues and lyrical expressions which make us realize diverse positions, senses of value, and big issues lying there.