Tan Wei Keong

Singapore and UK

weikeong.tan@gmail.com

Atelier Tan is the work space for Tan Wei Keong. Wei Keong is a designer and an artist. Born in Singapore in 1982, he completed his diploma in Product and Industrial Design in 2003, subsequently working for 7 years in an architectural lighting design company (Project Lighting Design Singapore). He then enrolled at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy in Amsterdam to study Ceramic in Fine Arts and graduated in 2016. He now lives and works in Gloucestershire, UK.

The relationship between Nature and Man (Culture) has been the centre of Wei Keong’s investigative topic for his works. By Nature, Wei Keong does not refer just to botany, landscapes and animals – categories made distinguished through the definitions of Science, but also to Man and his manipulative creations, such as materials, machines, objects; the “all-encompassing” that may or may not be defined in our universe. In the Orient, especially in India, China and Japan, very interesting philosophical concepts about Nature are provided. It is through these notions of Nature from the Orient that WeiKeong tries to question through his ceramic works, seeking the tension between exerting his manipulation and the results of the unknown Nature’s randomness. In understanding this tension of Man’s unsatisfiable hunger to be in command, WeiKeong began translating these ideas into his works of clay and relates them to the World he sees.

Education

2013-2016 
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic
Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam

1999-2003
Diploma in Product and Industrial Design
Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore

Work Experience

2017 -2018                                                                                                                                             Coordinator for “Associate Membership Programme” in Glasgow Ceramic Studio. The programme allows people to access the ceramic studio on a “day-hire” fee so as to come in to work with clay.

2015 -2016    
Eylem Aladogan Studio (Amsterdam, NL)
Assistant to a project “Years of Belief – Years of Denial” 

2015
Heringa/van Kalsbeek Studio (Amsterdam, NL)    
Assistant to a project “Armour” 

2006-2013    
Project Lighting Design Pte Ltd (Singapore)
Lighting designer for Architecture and Interior projects

2006    
Designrete (Singapore)
Part-time trainer for basic design courses in Singapore high schools

Group Exhibitions and Workshop participations

February 2020            Parallax Art Fair participation in Kensington, London

August 2019              “Art and other Objects of Interest” – Glasgow Art Club

April 2019                   “Rites of Spring” – Thistle Gallery, Glasgow

November 2018          “The Winter Show 2018” – Compass Gallery, Glasgow

July 2016                    “Rietveld Graduation Show” – Gerrit Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam

March 2015                “Rietveld Uncut” – Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

Spring 2014                “Brick Project” – A joint project between Academie van Bouwkunst and  Rietveld Academie. The aim of the project is to design a modular brick(s) for repetitious stacking arrangement.  

March 2014                “Rietveld Uncut” – Brakke Grond, Amsterdam

September 2013        “Back to Basics” – Collaborative project with Atelier van Lieshout and Rietveld Ceramics department. In the period of 2 weeks, clay works were made and wood-fired in hand built kilns. The 4 different primitive ovens built were Roman kiln, Chinese dragon kiln, a down-draft kiln and an open fire pit.

Jan –Feb 2004            Visual Arts of Toast and Tales – Esplanade- Theatres on the Bay, Singapore