George Singley is one of the most interesting artists I know. To begin, he has an incredible photographic memory and an out of the ordinary ability to remember facts. I was initially introduced to him during my first trip to the East Coast, more than 20 year ago. Over the last two decades I’ve seen, along with continuous creative experimentation, a rich evolution in his work. His passions include music, history and politics among others. These fascinations appear constantly in his pieces in a peculiar “Singley” way.
It is no coincidence that his latest show, which opens today, is perfectly timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy assassination. However, the artist’s take on this historical event is completely different from what one would expect.
From the press release:
“Taking its title from the distance between Dallas, Texas and the moon, 239,000 Miles From Dallas provides an afterlife, or other life, for John F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination. Rather than commenting on the mystery surrounding the actual assassination, Singley’s work examines the connection between Kennedy’s historic presence in mankind’s continuing romance with space exploration. The artist suggests that “while the larger dream of manned space exploration remains largely unfulfilled, the spiritual dimension of this quest allows us to commune with the concept of infinity.”
Singley sees the death of John F. Kennedy as a line of demarcation that separated the promise of Kennedy’s “New Frontier” with a new world of foreboding. Drawing on his personal memories, the artist equates the circumstances and aftermath of the assassination to a king’s death. The exhibition will include a selection of works from this series using the techniques of collage and oil painting on canvas.”
Few years ago, Alfalfa Studio designed Singley’s official website. This experience gave me the opportunity to re-connect with the work and the artist: Every color, shape, form, line, texture is infused with meaning. 239,000 Miles From Dallas is not different.
For lucky New Yorkers the show opens to the public at Art 101 in Brooklyn today.
239,000 Miles From Dallas, a solo exhibition by artist George Singley.
On view at gallery Art 101 located at 101 Grand Street in Brooklyn, NY from Friday, November 22 – Sunday, December 22, 2013.
About George Singley
George Singley was born in Baltimore, Maryland. Since 1978 he has been based in New York City where he has participated in group shows and solo exhibitions at the Ellen Sragow Gallery, Exit Art, M-13 Gallery and Art 101, among others