Nature figures prominently in the work of sculptor James Surls. Over the course of four decades, he has developed evocative, hybrid forms in wood, steel, and bronze inspired by flowers, the human body, and rock formations. His recent work explores his previous inspirations as well as the microcosmic worlds of neurons and molecules. Drawn from recent drawings and sculptures, this exhibition showcases Surls’ intriguing investigation of the natural world. Surls serves as the fifth guest artist in the university’s Jerome M. Westheimer, Sr. and Wanda Otey Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair program.
In addition to works on display inside the museum, three of Surls’ sculptures are permanently installed on OU’s Norman and Health Sciences Center campuses, and the exhibition includes the temporary installation of another three outdoor works. The two sculptures permanently installed on the OU Norman campus are located on the Stuart Walk, a path in honor of OU Regent Jon Stuart and his wife, Dee Dee Stuart, for their dedication in planting trees on the campus. Big Walking Eye Flower I (2000), a gift of OU First Lady Molly Shi Boren and OU President David L. Boren, is located near the museum’s entrance. Also nearby is Needle Woman with Two Flowers (2000), which was a gift to the museum from the estate of Mark Landrum and is located in front of the Jan Marie and Richard J. Crawford Music Practice Wing. At the entrance of the Stephenson Cancer Center at the OU Health Sciences Center is Ten Big Standing Bronze Flowers. The exhibition includes the temporary installation of three additional outdoor works on the northern end of OU’s Norman campus.
Read the press release here.
View the public sculpture map here.
Use the family gallery guide to find shapes and symbols in the exhibition!