Presentation on theme: "1 About People Tang Da Wu. 2 Enduring Understanding Students will understand that artworks serve as visual records of events and as expressions of artists."— Presentation transcript:
1 About People Tang Da Wu
2 Enduring Understanding Students will understand that artworks serve as visual records of events and as expressions of artists opinions about the society they live in.
3 5W1H Tang Da Wu When What Envionmental Issues Where Singapore How Performance Sculpture Why Cultural Shock Which Contemporary
4 Essential Questions Overarching Questions What is a society ? How is a society different from the individual? Topical Questions How is ethnicity different from society? How does ethnicity shape society? How can art be an extension of the environment?
5 Biographical Outline 1943:Born in Singapore :Lived in UK before returning to Singapore. 1974:Studied in Birmingham Polytechnic School of Fine Art for four years. 19xx:He attended School of Martins. 1985:He completed his Masters in Fine Arts with Goldsmiths College. 1987:Established The Artists Village with some other local artists.
6 When ( ) 1980s:Chernobyl Accident.
7 Where Singapore The phasing out of villages. The tradition of art as a commodity. UK Art as concepts was fast gaining recognition.
8 Which Contemporary Art that belongs to the same period of time, as in current. Refers to the present time, as in now. Can also refer to being current with anyspecified time, as in the past.
9 What Subject Matter The body Animals on the verge of extinction. Anything pertaining to the environment.
10 What Theme- Environmental Issues. Animal extinction- chiefly caused by the Chinese community, due to their demand for animal parts as aphrodisiac and medicine. The lack of rationality in this community as there is no scientific proof that these animal parts have healing properties. Deforestation- the much deforested landscape due to industrialization changed Singapore into a concrete jungle. This can be seen in his earthworks.
11 His Painting True Story, 1987 Oil on canvas, x 122 x 92 cm The scene narrates a simple story of a dog chasing a cat up a tree. It is direct and matter-of-fact. It is painted quickly and intuitively. The painting is childlike.
12 Man Walking his Dog, 1986 Oil on canvas, 122 x 92 cm His Painting
13 His Drawings Woman with Snake in a Cage, 1988 Graphite on paper, 45 x 80 Woman Beating Snake, 1988 Ink on paper, 71 x 61 cm
14 Australian Legend, 1992 Graphite on paper, 112 x 81 cm Map of South America, 1992 Graphite on paper, 110 x 79.5 cm His Drawings
15 His Drawings Jantung Pisang, 2000 Graphite on paper, x 69 cm Moving, 2000 Graphite on paper, x 69 cm
16 Blue Rain, 1993 Pencil and wash on paper, 58 x 71 cm His Mixed Media
17 Tigers Whip, 1993 Performance, 95 x 70 cm Tigers Whip at Keong Siak
18 Tigers Whip at Keong Siak
19 Tigers Whip at Keong Siak
20 Tigers Whip, 1988 Iron mesh, 95 x 100 x 115 cm Tigers Whip at National Museum
21 Tigers Whip at National Museum
22 Tigers Whip outside National Museum
23 His Installation
24 His Mixed Media A Monument to Sueb Nakasatiem, 1991 Mixed media, 43 x 69 x 37.5 cm
25 His Ready-Made Just in Case, 1991 Found Object, 43 x 69 x 37.5 cm
26 His Ready-Made Untitled, 1993 Found objects, 91 x 19.7 x 18 cm
27 Why His Background His stay in UK has opened another avenue of understanding in the issue of animal extinction. He was constantly questioned by people in UK on the irrational need of the Chinese community in consuming animal parts. This cultural disparity had an extensive impact on him to propel him to create art based on such issue.
28 Why His Background He is brought up with a Chinese education where he learnt Chinese calligraphy and painting. He is the first artist in Singapore to use performance as a medium.
29 How Drawings and Paintings Drawings to him are words to others. They are his thinking process. He vary his techniques in drawings and paintings. Some examples- calligraphic brushstrokes and quick sketches. He uses quick sketches to narrate his scenes. He paints with a child-like candour. His works are direct and blunt.
30 How Installation He recycles materials- something which he started when he was in UK. It was his first year in Birmingham when the garbage collectors went on strike. There were abundant items of varying materials for him to select from. That was when he started collecting discarded items and sorting them into paper and cardboards, plastic, and so forth.
31 How Performance He uses his body as a medium. His performances can be child-like, like telling a story. He challenges the public with dialogue and discussion. He improvises as he advances in his performance and responds quickly when required. He later uses props and objects to cut down on the need to improvise. His later performances are choreographed according to a script, although they may be just rough ideas and outlines.
32 Topical Question How is ethnicity different from society? Society Ethnicity Culture Malays Indian
33 Reference Karnadi, K. (Ed.) (2006). Modern Indonesian Art: From Raden Saleh to the Present Day. Koes Artbooks: Bali.