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Michael Singer

Sperone Westwater

Michael Singer has often been identified as an environmental artist. This classification in general has come to seem preposterous, and its application to Singer is simply unfitting. Although much of this artist’s work has occurred outdoors, it is not dependent on its immediate context; it has much more to do with construction, time, and process than environmental circumstances. What interests Singer is ritual-not obscure nature rites but traditional patterns of human behavior that have a sociocultural basis.

In the two constructions and eight drawings in this exhibition Singer deftly balances the emotional and monumental dimensions of ritual. The collages seem like codified transcriptions of creative energy, records of the turbulence from which all ritual evolves. In contrast, the constructions are the organized residue of often random creative processes, asserting that ritual is an index

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