Standing Still: Photographs by Danny Singer is currently on view at the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, USA, until May 22, 2016.
From the press release:
Singer questions that notion of emptiness by revealing subtle, living landscapes of quirky buildings and ordinary people going about their business. Every funny sign, open door, and child on a bicycle has unique significance in the life of the town. Against those backdrops of weather and space, Singer weaves gentle stories about small-town life and the meaning of home.
The National Gallery of Victoria (NGV), in Melbourne, Australia, recently acquired four works by Canadian artist Danny Singer. NGV is the oldest and most visited gallery in Australia. Founded in 1861, the NGV holds the most significant collection of art in the region; a vast treasury of more than 70,000 works that span thousands of years and a wealth of ideas, disciplines and styles. The Gallery hosts a wide range of international and local artists, exhibitions, programs and events; from contemporary art to major international historic exhibitions, fashion and design, architecture, sound and dance.
Opening reception: Saturday, April 25, 2 – 5pm, with the artist in attendance.
Exhibition runs until May 23rd.
For the past decade, Danny Singer has been traveling and photographing habitations across the North American prairies and plains. His work exists as many things; a document of what is there, a subtly revealed history of lives lived, a testament to the ethic of progress that initiated these towns and the modernization and urbanization that is straining them. Ranging in width from 7 feet to 10 feet and height from a foot and a half to four, the monumental images are created from up to 150 different photographs.
Singer’s work is included in numerous private and public collections, including the Vancouver Art Gallery, the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs. He has an upcoming solo exhibition at the Denver Art Museum and the first monograph of his work, Main Street : Towns, Villages and Hamlets of the Great Plains, was published in 2013.
Congratulations to Danny Singer on the addition of four major works of his to the collection of the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia. Singer’s visual telling of the realities of human habitation on what historically began as a frontier found an appreciative audience with the curators and Trustees of Australia’s oldest art gallery.
For Drive-by, artist Danny Singer returns to a format that he experimented with ten years ago, a digital panorama of photographs taken while driving through the city of Vancouver. With the camera mounted in the passenger window of his van and pointed perpendicular to the sidewalk, Singer drives slowly, tripping the shutter with a remote control, using speeds slow enough to blur the backgrounds and a strobe that freezes or ghosts the foreground. The resulting images both capture and suggest movement while being frozen in time.
In this new digital photograph created for the exhibition at the Seymour Art Gallery, Singer builds on his earlier image by adding new scenes, editing, scanning and stitching to create a continuously blended print that reads like a film strip. He plays with the order and juxtaposition of images, implying a narrative and relationships that may not have occurred. By mixing scenes shot ten years ago with ones photographed recently, Singer demonstrates that “fragmentary images can trigger memories and emotion” and reminds us that memories have a way of blurring and fading as time passes. The resulting print is more than 70 feet long and 3 feet high and wraps around the gallery walls, so that as viewers walk along the image they re-enact the drive-by experience.
Like Singer’s photographs of main streets of towns in the Canadian and American prairies, this single long print raises questions about the nature of reality and perception. The prairie images depict real Main streets but present them in a way that we could never see with the naked eye, just as the Drive-by image shows us scenes that we might have seen but which did not take place in the order in which they appear.
Danny Singer is a photographer living in North Vancouver. Born in Edmonton, he studied acting and film at Simon Fraser University and embarked on a career as a filmmaker when hired to work in the film department at CBC. Singer made the transition to photography in the 1970s, while living in Montreal. His artwork has been exhibited across Canada and is in the public collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the Glenbow Museum, Calgary, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, among others. He was included in the 2010 Alberta Biennial and two of his photographs will be exhibited in the Vancouver Art Gallery’s upcoming exhibition, Shore, Forest and Beyond: Art from the Audain Collection. He exhibits his work in Vancouver at Gallery Jones.