Endless Day, LGTripp Gallery, September 5 - October 11, 2014
Karen Mauch Photography
" Complex expressions require basic vocabularies. Composers need libraries of notation to craft symphonies; artists need foundational visual vocabularies to create insight. Usher and Singer both use abstraction as a means of communication and exploration, but they choose different foundational marks. Usher uses the circle and spiral to delve into the connections of the natural world, while Singer uses the square as her basic measurement for the built environment. Hanging in proximity, Usher’s paintings and Singer’s drawings provide a dynamic and balanced perspective on the natural and constructed environments.
... In the drawings that comprise her Endless Day series, Miriam Singer uses dense stacks of shape, color and pattern to construct highly playful, cacophonous depictions of a city that is both familiar and imaginary. Her process is intrinsically linked to her own explorations of Philadelphia. A walk through the city becomes itself a sketching exercise—her sensory observations of the environment are mentally filed and then reinterpreted and translated on paper later. Drawings she creates on site, sometimes over multiple days in multiple locations, become the collaged base which can either be added to or erased. Says Singer, “I think about a finished and unfinished moment in time together on the same field…The city metaphorically building and disappearing at once, as a metaphor to time changing and being in flux.”
- Luella Tripp, 2014