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Christian Bernard Singer has incorporated mosses, pine needles and other organic materials into his eco-installation-environments, land art works and sculptures that explore consciousness, place, and time-passing.

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ON EXHIBITION

2020

(Upcoming June, 2020) Julie Oakes and Christian Bernard Singer, Lake Country Gallery, Lake Country, BC (Curated by Wanda Lock)

2019

Habitat (with Heidi Leverty), Akasha Art Projects, Toronto (Curated by Sonja Scharf) to April 27.

   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
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ABOUT ME
BIOGRAPHY

Artist, curator and educator, Christian Bernard Singer was born in 1962 in Paris into a family of artists and raised in New York City where he began as a company dancer with Laura Foreman’s Composers and Choreographers Theater, performing in Spaces and Foreman’s seminal work, Signals II. These were performed over several years in such venues as Judson Memorial Church, the Cubiculo Theater, and The New School, until the work was eventually performed at the Museum of Modern Art.

 

Singer is best known for incorporating mosses and other living plant life with glass, clay, bronze, found objects, and video into installation-environments and land art works that turn on notions of place, memory and time-passing. While his earlier works often inhabited entire spaces, his recent series of intimately-scaled constructions using painted pine needles still reference his own awareness of being interconnected with living energy of the natural world. The process of making these new works is contemplatively ritualistic, not only in their painstakingly laboriousness, but in how the sorting, editing, placing of the pine needles have become a way of activating quiet spaces in an otherwise chaotic world.

 

Singer’s work has been included numerous museum and land art invitational exhibitions including: Habitat, Akasha Art Projects, Toronto; Pins and Needles, Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC (2017); Three Canadian Artists Reflect on the Natural World (2016), Kean University Galleries, Union, NJ; Summerfires (2009), Galerie Lausberg, Toronto; Aligning with Beauty (2009), Varley Art Gallery; Pass the Buddha with Julie Oakes (2008), Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal; Cabinets of Curiosities (2008) and Tessellated Anamnesis: Patterns for Unforgetting (2005), Canadian Clay and Glass Museum (Waterloo); Revivified (2008), Headbones Gallery, Toronto; Mobile Structures: Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, (2007), MacKenzie Art Museum, Regina which also toured to the Surrey Art Gallery, BC (2008); The Edward Day Gallery's Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project in Perth (2006-09); The Shore/Lines Project: Responding to Place (2005) organized by the MacLaren Art Centre; and Second Nature at the Fish Tank Gallery in New York City (2004). In 2012, he was a Visiting Artist at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD - Atlanta), and last year, was invited to speak at the Jubilee Arts International for the Diamond Jubilee of His Highness the Aga Khan in Lisbon, Portugal. This year, six of his pine needle works were purchased by Global Affairs Canada for their AWKZ Visual Arts Collections and will be installed in Canadian embassies and official residences worldwide.

 

Singer has received grants from the Canada Council for the Art and the Ontario Arts Council, both funders have invited him several times to serve as a Peer Review Committee Member. He holds an AOCAD from the Ontario College of Art and Design (including multiple awards for painting and sculpture) and a Master of Fine Arts from The New York State College of Ceramics, School of Art and Design at Alfred University. For six years, Singer taught sculpture at the Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU) and the Toronto School of Art, and he has lectured throughout Canada and the United States.

TECHNIQUE
EXPERTISE
AWARDS

2018

 

2006

2004

1995

Travel Grant, Canada Council for the Arts

Visual Arts Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council (Projets d’arts visuels et métiers d’arts)

Visual Artist Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council

Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council (Recommender: Visual Arts Ontario)

Inter/Access – Artist-in-Residence

PAST EXHIBITIONS

2018

Pins and Needles, Headbones Gallery (Project Room), Vernon, BC

2017

Pins and Needles/Feather and Fur (with Rose Sanderson, Bristol, UK), Headbones Gallery, Vernon, BC (Curated by Julie Oakes)

2016

Three Canadian Artists Reflect on the Natural World, Kean University Galleries, Union. NJ (Curated by Neil Tetkowski)

2015

Mounded Veils, Sculpture installation in courtyard shared by Edward Day Gallery and Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), Toronto (Curated by Mary Sue Rankin)

2012

+99, Visiting Artist Installation at the Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, GA

2009

Back to the Garden, Headbones Gallery, Toronto (Curated by Julie Oakes)

 

Summerfires, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto (Curated by Julie Oakes)

 

Aligning with Beauty, Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, ON (Curated by Julie Oakes)

2008

 

Cabinets of Curiosities (Meaning, Memory, Milieu), Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON (Curated by Virginia Eichhorn)

Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project, Kiwi Gardens (Perth, ON) / Edward Day Gallery (Toronto) (Curated by Mary Sue Rankin)

Revivified, Headbones Gallery, Toronto (Curated by Julie Oakes)

2007

Mobile Structures - Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC (Curated by Timothy Long)

 

Mobile Structures - Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (Curated by Timothy Long)

2006

Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project, Kiwi Gardens (Perth) / Edward Day Gallery (Toronto), ON (Curated by Mary Sue Rankin)

2005

 

 

Shore/Lines: Responding to Place, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON (Curated by James Patten)

Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project, Kiwi Gardens (Perth) / Edward Day Gallery (Toronto), ON (Curated by Mary Sue Rankin)

Tessellated Anamnesis: Patterns for Unforgetting, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON (Curated by Virginia Eichhorn)

2004

Second Nature, Fish Tank Gallery, New York, NY (Curated by Linda Dennis)

2003

Chronicles of Being, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Artsite, Wellsville, NY

Sarabande/Contrepoint, Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

2002

Initiation/Spring, Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

2001

The Hidden Phallus, Art System Gallery, Toronto

2000

Erotica 21, Art System Gallery, Toronto

PUBLICATIONS

Books/Catalogues

Oakes, Julie. Christian Bernard Singer: Pins and Needles, Vernon, BC: Headbones Gallery, 2017.

Tetkowski, Neil. Three Canadian Artists Reflect on the Natural World. Kean University Galleries, 2016.

Art Toronto 2009: 10th Toronto International Art Fair. Vancouver: MMPI Canada, 2009, p. 142.

Oakes, Julie. Back to the Garden. Toronto: Headbones Gallery, 2009.

Broker, R.R., Ed. American Art Directory 2009, Vol. 63. New York: American Federation of Art, Jacques Cattell Press, R.R. Bowker, 2009, p. 442.

Oakes, Julie. Headbones Anthology (book). Toronto: Headbones Gallery, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Aligning with Beauty. Markham: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2008.

Campbell, James. Buddha Composed. Montreal: Galerie Samuel Lallouz, 2008.

Eichhorn, Virginia. Christian Bernard Singer: Cabinets of Curiosities. Waterloo: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Revivified: Christian Bernard Singer. Toronto: Headbones Gallery, 2008.

Regan, Audrey. International Land Artists and their Creations – Part II. New York: Art-Is-Life.com, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Christian Bernard Singer – Eco-Installations: Dressing Mother Earth. Toronto: Headbones Gallery, 2008.

Gogarty, Amy. ‘A Bell Rings Out’--Recollection, Architecture and Ceramics at the End of Modernity. Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007

Long, Timothy and Gogarty, Amy. Unearthing (exhibition catalogue). Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007

Eichhorn, Virginia. Tessellated Anamnesis – Patterns for Unforgetting: New Work by Christian Bernard Singer. Waterloo: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 2007.

McDonagh, Don. The Complete Guide to Modern Dance. New York: Doubleday, 1976.

McDonagh, Don. The Rise, Fall and Rise of Modern Dance. New York: Mentor Books, 1971.

Willis, John. Dance World 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974 Vols. 6-9. New York: Crown Publishers, 1972-5.

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