Shuo Yin is a second-year MFA student who was selected by the Painting + Drawing faculty to attend Tropical Lab 13 at LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore this summer. His participation was supported in part by funding from our School's Rollin Austin Scholarship Fund. The theme for this year's Tropical Lab was Erase, and it took place July 19 through August 1. At the end of the two weeks, there was a group exhibition showing work created while there. Yin had this to say about the experience:
Participating in Tropical Lab 13 broadened my horizons in a unique manner. Traveling together with 21 artists from around the globe, we attended artist lectures, museum visits, boat tours, and other fun and rewarding activities upon the first several days of arrival in the territory of tropical hospitality. Thanks to the dynamic cultural atmosphere of Singapore, I encountered interesting people, scenes, and concepts while exploring the country on foot by myself. Most importantly, the numerous hours and conversations I spent with fellow artists exchanging ideas even beyond the topics of painting and drawing helped to transform the inspirations I received from sightseeing into the visual reference that could be eventually utilized in my painting practice. This could never have happened without the coordination and support of the faculty and staff members of both UW and LASALLE. I appreciate this opportunity for furthering communication across cultures.
A short video produced after Tropical Lab 13 provides more information.
Yin has an exhibition titled Erasure and Tracking with work created during and inspired by Tropical Lab 13. It opens November 7, 6–8pm, in the School's Sand Point Gallery. If you cannot visit during the reception, contact him for a viewing appointment through November 17.