Ink and acrylic on vintage book. Wood panel.


23.5″ x 35.5″

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In his works on paper, Brian Singer explores the printed word as a visual representation of information, attempting to uncover new meaning in what is slowly becoming an outdated form. Crossing out the entirety of a written text while exposing only selected words changes the perception of the original message. Revealing word frequency adds another layer and opens new paths to understanding.

As an extension of this, his mixed-media pieces are created from flyers stapled to telephone poles (lost dog, garage sale, etc.). After years of weather, these community billboards become a rusting graveyard of events past. He removes the paper scraps and re-assembles them into graphic structures inlaid with chaotic bits of image, typography, and rust.

Most of the larger scale projects Brian creates are a direct reaction to either personal or shared events. The feeling of isolation created by the internet led to the 1000 Journals Project, a shared artifact network connecting strangers the world over. The rhetoric about what’s good or bad for the economy led to him questioning why we’re not talking about what’s good or bad for people instead. He seeks to make people think, consider, and even question their preconceived beliefs.

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