de Young | Kimball Education Gallery/Artist Studio
Artist Reception Friday, November 28, 6–8:30 pm: Join us in celebrating the artist’s residency with light refreshments
As the inaugural de Young Global Fellow, Leonard Tebegetu is creating a body of sculptural and architectural work influenced by sustainable construction techniques. Working with locally sourced natural as well as recycled manmade materials, Tebegetu shares an economically feasible process the average person with no specialized construction skills can use to create functional and beautiful structures. Visitors to the gallery are invited to learn basic construction and fabrication techniques.
A self-taught artist from Papua New Guinea, Tebegetu is a painter and sculptor. While his paintings frequently explore the human form in action—on the streets of urban centers and in the smaller communities of his island home—his sculptures often address issues of consumption. As a member of The Roots: Creative Entrepeneurs collective, Tebegetu is engaged in community projects that combine sustainable design, leadership, and artistic sensibility.
About Global Fellows
The de Young Global Fellows program invites artists from around the world to activate the museum as a space for forging important cultural connections and enlivening the Museums' historic collections through interactions with the public. The project brings together art, technology, and indigenous knowledge to examine the relationship of our global community to our shared natural environment.
Throughout their yearlong fellowships, the selected artists will share their processes as they develop their work and educate audiences about the environmental issues facing their regions. Their artistic practices also will protect and maintain the cultural heritages of their communities. Each year, for one month, a Global Fellow will take up residence at the de Young to share works, both completed and in progress, and promote cross-cultural exchange and dialogue.
- 2014: Melanesia | Leonard Tebegetu, Papua New Guinea
- 2015: Northern Australia | artist to be announced