Christian Bernard Singer
Since 2004
Works in Toronto Canada

Canadian artist, educator, curator, and art dealer, Christian Bernard Singer was born in 1962 in Paris into a family of artists. He was 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 presented at the Museum of Modern Art.

Moving from performance and choreography to costume design, he eventually headed the costume department for the Kawartha Festival Theatre in 1985 where he designed and produced over 100 costumes for 8 plays. He returned to school for formal training, spending a year at l'École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris (under Anne Rochette) and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. This was followed by a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

Singer has managed grant application programs for both The Canada Council and the Ministry of Culture and Communications (Ontario), was Director of the 2005 Contemporary Art Forum - Kitchener and Area (CAFKA), Curator and Associate Director of Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art until he co-founded Rouge Concept Gallery where he remained as Curator until 2009, bringing Judy Chicago: A Survey of Important Works (curated by Virginia Eichhorn) - the first large-scale survey exhibition for Chicago in Canada. In addition to serving as board member to several arts organizations, Singer is Curator of the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery, consults to artists and organizations, and continues to teach at both the Ontario College of Art and Design and the Toronto School of Art.

In his own work, Singer is best known for incorporating living plant life, glass, clay, bronze, found objects, and video into installation-environments and land art works that turn on notions of place, memory and time passing. Since 1997, his work has been shown in commercial galleries in Canada, the U.S., and France, and since 2004, he has been included numerous museum and land art invitational exhibitions including: 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 & Glass Gallery (Waterloo); Revivified (2008), Headbones Gallery, Toronto; Mobile Structures: Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, (2007-08), MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina which also toured to the Surrey Art Gallery (B.C.); The Edward Day Gallery's Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project in Perth (2006-09); The Shore/Lines Project: Responding to Place (2005) at the MacLaren Art Centre; and Second Nature at the Fish Tank Gallery in New York City (2004). His work is represented in Toronto by Headbones Gallery.
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Christian Bernard Singer: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery

Thu Dec 16, 2004 00:00 - Thu Dec 16, 2004

Tessellated Anamnesis - Patterns For Unforgetting: Christian Bernard Singer
Two Installations at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
March 20 through May 22, 2005.

Installation artist Christian Bernard Singer’s "living" landscape-environments evoke impressions of something intangible yet intuitively familiar as they turn on notions of interior/exterior space and place, belonging, memory, and time passing. Incorporating clay, glass, video and living mosses, Singer will present two installations that explore the idea of tracking the traces left by the body in both the landscape, and in time and place.

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery
25 Caroline Street North
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 2Y5
(519) 746-1882

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