New York

Michael Singer

Sperone Westwater Fischer Gallery

Earthworks generally radicalize our perception of landscape by altering it in some unnatural way; Michael Singer’s modest works of the past few years, photographs of which were shown recently, investigate and comment upon natural processes without imposing on them. The pieces he has produced in Florida swamps and New York State forests are so at one with their surroundings that his discreet interventions pass virtually unnoticed.

The swamp works consist of reeds and grasses bundled or propped casually to preserve their natural appearance. They bend with the breezes, are reflected in the water, and keep on such intimate terms with their natural counterparts that the two are often barely distinguishable. The forest pieces footnote evolution in a similar manner. Felled trees and branches are tumbled in among the standing ones, much as one expects to find a dead tree in the woods, toppled of

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