James Surls: Across the Universe Divide
Jul
7
to Sep 29

James Surls: Across the Universe Divide

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Born in East Texas in 1943, James Surls graduated from Sam Houston State Teachers College (now Sam Houston State University) in 1966 and received his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 1968. He taught at Southern Methodist University in Dallas from 1969 to 1976 before moving to Splendora, Texas. There he lived with his wife, Charmaine Locke, for over twenty years. They relocated to the Roaring Fork Valley of Colorado in 1997. 

Surls is a distinguished sculptor working with bronze, steel, and wood. The artist turns to his mind’s eye to visualize the universe. Straddling the physicality of the landscape around him in which he inhabits with the spirituality of the space within him, Surls is an artist across the universe divide creating the world around us in a manner that expresses his freedom from the physical.

His first exhibition in Utah, SUMA will feature more than 50 works of art created after 2006, with some work as recent as 2018.

James Surls (U.S., b. 1943)
White Raw Wall Flower, 2014
Wood and steel, 69 x 96 x 18 in.
Loan from artist, 2018

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Lecture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art
Mar
29
6:00 PM18:00

Lecture at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art

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In conjunction with the special exhibitions A New American Sculpture, 1914—1945: Lachaise, Laurent, Nadelman, and Zorach and Commanding Space: Women Sculptors of Texas, James Surls will provide a public lecture in the Amon Carter’s auditorium. As a part of the Amon Carter’s ongoing exploration of the relationship between historical and contemporary art, Surls will speak about his work, how he started as a sculptor, and the process and materials he uses while displaying images of his work and process.

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Man On Edge | James Surls 
Jan
12
6:00 PM18:00

Man On Edge | James Surls 

James Surls is a man who isn't afraid of the edge.  It is at the edge that you circumscribe the truth. In a drawing or a print you can graphically create a bridge from the space where you and I dwell into the abstract truth of line. The lines of Surls' drawings, like the lines he cuts into the relief blocks, are lines that both intersect and search.  They seem to be a part of a vast network that connect us all.  

James Surls is the master of line and after creating prints for over 35 years Flatbed is honored to show fifty five works.  As a sculptor, Surls has poured a lot of his time and creative energy in making prints.  It is clear that these works on paper are an important part of his practice.  They are directly accessible and they map out in two dimensions some of the recurrent themes seen in his sculpture.

Flatbed's relationship with Surls began in 1990 when he brought a large woodblock and two linoblocks to us to print.  He had been printing most of his relief works at his own studio in Spendora, Texas, but his scale was limited. Flatbed had recently obtained a large Takach press capable of printing blocks from fifty inches wide to eight feet long.  Flatbed took his challenge and editioned the three relief prints  Night Vision, Both of Us and Tomorrow.  Flatbed has since worked with Surls on many projects.  In 1991 he created his first etching at Flatbed (Thought) and his etching suites The Flatbed Suite and The Heartland Suite.  Surls has also collaborated with Bud Shark of Shark Ink of Lyons,Colorado, Chip Elwell and the Houston Fine Art Press. 

Man on Edge, up until March 3 at Flatbed, is a rare chance to see or purchase one of Surls' prints, many of which have never been exhibited.

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