Lives and Works: Singapore & New York
Jason Wee is an artist and a writer.
His art practice is concerned with the hollowing out of singular authority in favour of polyphony. He transforms these singular histories and spaces into various visual and written materials, with particular attention to architectures, idealism and unexplored futures.
He founded and runs Grey Projects, an artists’ space, library and residency that focuses on curatorship, new writing, design propositions and art. He is an editor for Softblow poetry journal. He was previously editor of Vehicle arts journal, published by Plastique Kinetic Worms. He was a 2005-2006 Studio Fellow at the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program.
He has shown in the Chelsea Art Museum, Photo New York (New York), Casino Luxembourg (Luxembourg), ifa galerie (Stuttgart and Berlin), Singapore Art Museum, Singapore Biennale, Valentine Willie (Manila). Artist-in-residencies include Artspace Sydney, ISEA 2008, Tokyo Wonder Site, Contemporary Art Japan (Tokyo), and Gyeonggi Creation Center in Korea.
He is the 2008 Young Artist Award winner for visual arts in Singapore. He is the 2009 Voters’ Prize winner from the Singapore Art Museum.
In 2010, he co-curated the acclaimed Beyond LKY exhibition and co-organized The Future of Exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Singapore. Other curatorial projects include Useful Fictions by Shubigi Rao (2013), Mirrors in the Dark by Lee Wen (2014), When You Get Closer To The Heart, You May Find Cracks by the Migrant Ecologies Project (NUS Museum, 2014).
His performance script Tongues, co-written with Sean Tobin, is a commissioned work of the Singapore Fringe Festival and premiered at the National Museum Singapore in February 2012. His latest book The Monsters Between Us has been named by TODAY newspaper as one of the top art picks of 2013.
His work has been reviewed in Artnews, New York Times, Newsweek, Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, Time Out Singapore, Singapore Architects, Art Art Pacific as well as other Asian publications.
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