White Room: Alexandre SinghJune 2–July 14, 2007
White Columns is pleased to present a solo exhibition by the New York-based British artist Alexandre Singh. Singh’s White Room exhibition incorporates three discrete, but related elements: a feature-length, single channel digitally animated video projected against a free-standing sculptural screen; a vitrine-based sculptural work that evokes – through low-tech theatrics – a Caspar David Friedrich-esque sublime; and a digital print/collage of Adi Dassler – founder of the sports shoe company Adidas – that alludes to the territories explored elsewhere in the installation.
The title of the video ‘The Marque of the Third Stripe’ is derived from Adidas’s ubiquitous ‘three stripe’ branding and logo. Structured across six ‘chapters’, and narrated by six different female Portuguese voices the video takes aspects of Dassler’s biography – and his relationship to modernity – as its departure point and provokes a slippery re-reading and re-assessment of historical and narrative conventions. (Dassler himself makes an appearance in the inverted collage ‘portrait.’) ‘The Sculptor in the Fog’ incorporates an internal fog-machine that is programmed to constantly create a sculptural tableaux that hovers between legibility and illegibility.
To coincide with his installation Singh has created a new issue of White Columns’ ‘zine publication ‘The W.C.’ – which incorporates the entire narrative from ‘The Marque of the Third Stripe. It is available from the gallery, priced at $1.00.
Alexandre Singh (b. 1980, Bordeaux, France) lives and works in New York. Singh graduated from SVA, New York in 2005, and studied at Oxford University’s Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art between 1998 – 2001. In 2006 he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He previously showed at White Columns as a part of the six-person exhibition ‘Open Walls’ in 2005. Other exhibitions include: ‘Temporary Measures’, Associates, London (2007); ‘Alexandre Singh & Goody B Wiseman’, Second Gallery, Boston (2006); ‘Slow Burn’, Galerie Edward Mitterand, Geneva (2006); ‘Tom Brauer & Alexandre Singh’, Capsule Gallery, New York (2005); ‘Romantic Detachment’, PS1 MoMA, New York (2004); and ‘An Elephant Station’, Vilma Gold, London (2001); amongst others. He will show at EAST International, Norwich Gallery, Norwich, U.K. this July/August.