Creating for the Public
NTU Centre for Contemporary Art, Seminar Room, 43 Malan Road, Gillman Barracks
Thursday, 13 August 2015
18:45 to 20:00
About James Surls
Recognized as a major American artist and sculptor and the recipient of many awards and honours, Surls’ artwork has been in over 360 solo, group, museum and gallery exhibits across the world, and he has been featured in over 430 publications. His attraction to and affinity for nature and its beauty are evident in his work. Surls’ wood, steel and bronze sculptures, drawings and prints, which reflect his sensibility to natural forms, are in major art museums and public and private collections throughout the world, including: the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, NY; Arizona State University; Art Museum of Southeast Texas; the Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico City; City of Houston; the Dallas Museum of Art; Grounds for Sculpture, Trenton, NJ; the High Museum in Atlanta, GA; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; Meadows Museum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Museum of Modern Art, NY; Nelson-Atkins Museum, Kansas City, MO; Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, LA; Omni Convention Center Hotel, Dallas, TX; Rice University, Houston, TX; San Antonio Art Museum, San Antonio, TX; San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA; Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington DC; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; University of Colorado; University of Oklahoma; University of Wyoming; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY. James Surls was commissioned by BW Group to produce a sculpture located at Singapore Botanic Gardens, the first tropical garden to be inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. The sculpture, entitled "Fifty Wings" is a three-meter high bronze and stainless steel outdoor sculpture which draws its artistic inspiration from the Dipterocarp seed. The Surls Commissions for SG50 was a result of the close collaboration between Platform Projects Singapore, NParks and BW Group.
About Tan Wee Lit
Tan Wee Lit graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MFA in Sculpture and is a recipient of study awards and scholarships from the National Arts Council Singapore and the Media Authority Singapore. Wee Lit has also worked on multiple commissions for private and public collections, amongst them public works for City Developments Limited at Raffles Place and for the Land Transport Authority at Haw Par Villa MRT station. He is currently working on artworks for the National Gallery, Singapore (2015) and the Jubilee Walk along Singapore River (2016). He had his first solo exhibition for “12x12 New Artists/ New Work” at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and was also awarded the Graduate Fellowship upon graduation. He won the Grand Prize for the 3rd Singapore Sculpture Award in 2007 and has had exhibitions in Europe, the United States and Asia- amongst them "Identities vs Globalisation" (Berlin), “The Same Rain, The Same Wind” (Chiangmai National University), “We Who Saw Signs” (ICA Singapore), “Fifth Outdoor Sculpture Biennial” (Baltimore). As an educator, Tan Wee Lit is currently the Head of the Visual Arts Faculty at SOTA and has lectured at tertiary institutions with Lasalle College of the Arts, Nanyang Polytechnic and the Singapore Management University. He has also conducted training workshops and seminars for fellow educators, while sitting on various consultative panels with the Singapore Management University, the National Arts Council and National Gallery. He was conferred the Young Artist Award by the National Arts Council in 2012.
About the Moderator, Lee Weng Choy
Lee Weng Choy is president of the Singapore Section of the International Association of Art Critics. He has lectured on art theory, cultural studies and policy, including at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art, Singapore, and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2000 to 2009, Lee was the Artistic Co-Director of The Substation arts centre in Singapore. More recently, he has been involved in a number of projects with the Nanyang Technological University’s Centre of Contemporary Art Singapore. His essays, which range over the topics of contemporary art and culture, Southeast Asia and Singapore, have appeared in such publications as: Afterall; After the Event: New Perspectives on Art History (Manchester); Art & Intimate Publics: Art in the Asia-Pacific (Routledge); Broadsheet; Forum On Contemporary Art & Society; Over Here: International Perspectives on Art and Culture (MIT); Theory in Contemporary Art since 1985 (Blackwell); Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art (Cornell) and Contemporary Art in Asia(MIT).