Christian Bernard Singer

Curriculum Vitae

 

Bio

          Canadian artist, educator, curator, and art dealer, Christian Bernard Singer was born in 1962 in Paris into a family of artists. He was raised in New York City where he began as a company dancer with Laura Foreman's Composers and Choreographers Theater, performing in Spaces and Foreman's seminal work, Signals II. These were performed over several years in such venues as Judson Memorial Church, the Cubiculo Theater, and The New School, until the work was eventually presented at the Museum of Modern Art.

          Moving from performance and choreography to costume design, he was Assistant Designer for The Company Theatre until he eventually headed the costume department for the Kawartha Festival Theatre in 1985 where he designed and produced over 100 costumes for 8 productions. He returned to school for formal training, spending a year at l'École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts in Paris (under Anne Rochette) and graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design. This was followed by a Master of Fine Arts degree from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University.

          Singer has managed grant application programs for both The Canada Council and the Ministry of Culture and Communications (Ontario), was Director of the 2005 Contemporary Art Forum - Kitchener and Area (CAFKA), Curator and Associate Director of Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art until he co-founded Rouge Contemporary Projects where he remained as Curator until 2009, bringing Judy Chicago: A Survey of Important Works (curated by Virginia Eichhorn) - the first large-scale survey exhibition for Chicago in Canada. He has published numerous catalogue texts, served on boards and as jurist for several arts organisations, and has been a featured presenter at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, the National Council for Education in the Ceramic Arts (NCECA) in Seattle and twice at Gallery@ACTS (Craft Alliance Atlantic Association) in Halifax. Singer taught sculpture for several years at both he Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) and the Toronto School of Art and since 2009, has been the Curator of the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, a contemporary art museum for the silica arts.

          In his own work, Singer is best known for incorporating living plant life, glass, clay, bronze, found objects, and video into installation-environments and land art works that turn on notions of place, memory and time passing. Since 1997, his work has been shown in commercial galleries in Canada, the U.S., and France, and since 2004, he has been included numerous museum and land art invitational exhibitions including: Summerfires (2009), Galerie Lausberg, Toronto; Aligning with Beauty (2009), Varley Art Gallery; Pass the Buddha with Julie Oakes (2008), Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal; Cabinets of Curiosities (2008) and Tessellated Anamnesis: Patterns for Unforgetting (2005), Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery (Waterloo); Revivified (2008), Headbones Gallery, Toronto; Mobile Structures: Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, (2007-08), MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina which also toured to the Surrey Art Gallery (B.C.); The Edward Day Gallery's Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project in Perth (2006-09); The Shore/Lines Project: Responding to Place (2005) at the MacLaren Art Centre; and Second Nature at the Fish Tank Gallery in New York City (2004). In 2012, he was invited as a Visiting Artist at the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD - Atlanta). His work is represented in Vernon by Headbones Gallery.

 

 

Solo Exhibitions and Large-Scale Installations 

 

2012

+99, Visiting Artist Installation at the Savannah College of Art and Design – Atlanta, GA

 

2009

Back to the Garden, Headbones Gallery, Toronto (Curated by Julie Oakes)

 

 

Summerfires, Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto (Curated by Julie Oakes)

 

 

Aligning with Beauty, Varley Art Gallery, Unionville, ON (Curated by Julie Oakes)

 

2008

 

Cabinets of Curiosities (Meaning, Memory, Milieu), Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON (Curated by Virginia Eichhorn)

Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project, Kiwi Gardens (Perth, ON) / Edward Day Gallery (Toronto) (Curated by Mary Sue Rankin)

Revivified, Headbones Gallery, Toronto (Curated by Julie Oakes)

 

2007

Mobile Structures - Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, Surrey Art Gallery, Surrey, BC (Curated by Timothy Long)

 

 

Mobile Structures - Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina (Curated by Timothy Long)

 

2006

Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project, Kiwi Gardens (Perth) / Edward Day Gallery (Toronto), ON (Curated by Mary Sue Rankin)

 

2005

 

 

Shore/Lines: Responding to Place, MacLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON (Curated by James Patten)

Kiwi Sculpture Garden Project, Kiwi Gardens (Perth) / Edward Day Gallery (Toronto), ON (Curated by Mary Sue Rankin)

Tessellated Anamnesis: Patterns for Unforgetting, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, ON (Curated by Virginia Eichhorn)

 

2004

Second Nature, Fish Tank Gallery, New York, NY (Curated by Linda Dennis)

 

2003

Chronicles of Being, Fosdick-Nelson Gallery at Artsite, Wellsville, NY

Sarabande/Contrepoint, Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

 

2002

Initiation/Spring, Robert Turner Gallery, Alfred, NY

 

2001

The Hidden Phallus, Art System Gallery, Toronto

 

2000

Erotica 21, Art System Gallery, Toronto

 

Selected Group Exhibitions 

 

2014

Archive FEVER!, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo (Curated by Krista Blake)

 

2009

Art Toronto - 10th annual Toronto International Art Fair (Headbones Gallery, Toronto)

 

 

Concrete Nature, Median Contemporary, Toronto. (Curated by Rui Pimenta)

 

2008

The Buddha Composed, Julie Oakes’ Pass the Buddha series, Galerie Samuel Lallouz, Montreal

 

 

The Buddha Composed, Julie Oakes’ Pass the Buddha series, Varley Art Gallery, Markham.

 

 

Julie Oakes & Pass the Buddha, The Museum of Northern History, Kirkland Lake, ON

 

2007

Cirrostratus, Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto

 

2005 

Wish You Were Here, A.I.R. Gallery, New York, NY

 

 

Experimental Television Center (screening), Newark Valley, NY

 

 

New Work in Glass, Artsite, Wellsville, NY

 

2002

Oscillating Perspectives, Artsite, Wellsville, NY

 

2001

Northern Lights, The Jewish Education Alliance, Savannah, Georgia (Curated by Gary Berkovitch)

 

 

Northern Lights, The Gordon Center, Nashville, Tennessee (Curated by Gary Berkovitch)

 

 

A Love Story, Mercer Union Gallery, Toronto

 

1999

Portes Ouvertes 1999, École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris

 

1997

Supérette du sexe – “Un Printemps Bizarre” festival, La Flèche d’or, Paris

 

1997

Eros/Erotica, The Simcoe Gallery, Toronto

 

1994

Fifth Avenue Court Gallery, Ottawa

 

Performance 

 

1987

Movement Director, Noye’s Fludde, The North Toronto Children’s Choir

 

1979

Dancer/Director’s Assistant, Laura Foreman’s ChoreoConcerts Repertory Company, New York. New Collaborative Art/Video/Sound Installation-Environment, Robert Rauschenberg’s chapel/studio.

 

1970-74

 

Company Dancer, Composers and Choreographers Theater, New York. Spaces performed at Bryant Park Library. Signals II performances include: The New School Dance Festival, The Cubiculo Theater, Judson Memorial Church, The Museum of Modern Art (Sculpture Garden).

 

Selected Culture Sector Positions

 

2009-present

Curator, Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo

Direct the artistic vision of Canada’s only museum devoted to exhibiting, collecting and studying contemporary ceramic, glass and enamel art. This includes conceiving, developing and organizing exhibition, building and maintaining the museum’s permanent collection and administrating the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics and the RBC Award for Glass.

 

2007-09

Co-Director and Curator, Rouge Contemporary Projects, Toronto

 

2006-08

Curator/Associate Director, Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, Toronto

 

2004-05

Artistic/Executive Director, CAFKA.05 - Contemporary Art Forum | Kitchener and Area, Kitchener.

 

1994-97

Partner/Web Designer, Grand Central Web, Toronto.

 

1993-94

Administrative Services Manager, Touring Office, Canada Council, Ottawa.

 

1992-93

Program Officer, Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence, Industry Canada, Ottawa.

 

1989-91

Publicist, First Canadian Artists, Toronto.

 

1988-89

Project Grants Officer, Arts Branch, Ontario Ministry of Culture and Communications, Toronto.

 

1985-86

Gallery Assistant, Galerie Evan, Toronto.

 

1985

Costume Designer/Department Head, Kawartha Summer Theatre, Lindsay (ON).

 

1984-85

Assistant Costume Designer, The Company Theatre (Steven Rumbelow, Director), Toronto.

 

Academic Experience 

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta, GA

 

2012

Visiting Artist and Co-Instructor (with Prof. Amanda Dumas-Hernandez), Site-specific Eco-installations in Nature. Foundations Studies

Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU)

 

2011-12

Sessional Instructor, Colour Explorations Faculty of Art, Foundations

 

2008-11

Sessional Instructor, Form and Structure, Faculty of Art, Foundations

 

2008-09

Sessional Instructor, Form and Structure, Faculty of Design, Foundations

 

2006-07

Sessional Instructor, Introduction to Ceramics, Material Art and Design, Faculty of Design

 

 

Sessional Instructor, Introduction to Bronze Casting, Sculpture Installation, Faculty of Art

Toronto School of Art

 

2008-12

Instructor, Sculpture: Casting Multiples

 

2006-09

Instructor, Studio Sculpture

School of Art and Design, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, NY

 

2003

Instructor, Liberal Arts Sculpture (Sophomore to Senior)

 

2002

Teaching Assistant, Sculpture: Metals (Sophomore)

 

 

Visiting Artist/Teacher, Raku Process (Summer Program)

 

 

Teaching Assistant, Sculpture: Foundry (Sophomore/Junior)

 

2001

Teaching Assistant, Robotics (Sophomore)

Continuing Education, Ottawa Board of Education

 

1992-93

Instructor, Introduction to Working with FIMO

 

Education 

 

2003

MFA - Sculpture, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY

 

2000

A.O.C.A.D. – Fine Art, Ontario College of Art and Design University (OCADU), Toronto

 

1999

Year-long exchange - École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts, Paris, France

 

1987-88

Foundations – Ontario College of Art, Toronto

 

1983-84

Courses in fashion design, illustration and construction - George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto

 

 

Curatorial Projects 

 

Herakles et le Centre culturel franco-américain de New Jersey (French-American Cultural Center of New Jersey), Time Warner Center, Columbus Circle, New York

 

2015

Upcoming, fall of 2015: The Art of Cameo Paperweights: When French tradition meets Innovation tells the story of France’s rich cultural and political history through the art of rare and exquisite sulfide paperweights from the Romantic period through to the Modern era.

Espace Verre (School of Glass), Montreal

 

2014

The Human Condition Through Glass. Ranging from sculpture and installation to new media works, Canadian artists Laura Donefer, André Fournelle, Jiri Ladocha, John Paul Robinson, Koen Vanderstukken and Tim Whiten poetically explore identity, fragility, vulnerability, mythos and existential concerns.

 

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo (Museum for the contemporary silica arts)

 

2014

Jiri Ladocha: Squares and Alchemy. Ladocha’s exhibition of glass constructions and paintings demonstrate a masterful oscillation between chaos and control, gesture and abstraction, and mirage and substance while evoking the textures, hues and sensibilities of the Old and the New Worlds.

 

 

New Function / Non-Function : Design as Exploration. An exhibition of works by emerging artists and designers who offer new ideas about design and our relationship to function, beauty and our role as consumers. Artists: Bee Kingdom, Tat Chao, Chari Cohen, Sébastien Duchange, Christopher Reid Flock, Hilde Lambrechts, Maja Padrov, Leah Petrucci et Brad Turner.

 

 

John Paul Robinson: Art, Science and Myth. Robinson explores the mythic potential of science in his sculptures and installations based on string and particle wave theories.

 

 

Jessica Steinhäuser: Kachelöfen. Remarkably efficient wood-burning ceramic heaters unite contemporary art and design with 15th century Austrian and German technology.

 

2013

WAR: Light Within/After the Darkness. Exploring the spirit of resistance, survival, hope and beauty through seven large-scale contemporary art projects that directly respond to the Holocaust and to other atrocities committed during World War II. Exhibition of works by Hélène Brunet-Neumann, Chari Cohen, Laura Donefer, Mary McKenzie, Tina Poplawski, Oded and Pamela Ravek and Claire Weissman Wilks.

 

 

What If? Degenerate Art from the Permanent Collection. Featuring works by Jeannot Blackburn, Judy Chicago, Laura Donefer, Léopold L. Foulem, Irene Frolic, Marilyn Levine, Richard Millette, and Jack Sures who would have been denied the right to practice had WWII events turned and the Third Reich had spread throughout the western world. The exhibition included a memorial project that chronicled the lives of over 60 well-known Jewish visual artists, writers, musicians, composers, theatrical performers, entertainers and intellectuals who were murdered in (or while in transit to) concentration or extermination camps.

 

 

Of Vessels and Voices. Quebec artist Marie Côté’s solo exhibition of sound installations, sculptures and clay drawings about her stay in Inukjuak and collaboration with Inuit throat singers.

 

 

Invisible Streams: As Above, So Below. Alfred Engerer’s Scotiabank Nuit Blanche hand-blown neon glass installation reconfigured for exhibition at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery.

 

 

Outlaw Neon for the Glass Art Association of Canada’s NEXT/LAST Glass Show at CCGG.

 

 

Distillations and Eruptions. Co-curated with Priscilla Hollingsworth (Augusta, GA). Exhibition of five large-scale ceramic installations composed if dozens to thousands of parts – each work creating its own overall cumulative effect that also underscores a sense of natural organization. Works by Tina Aufiero (USA), Patsy Cox (USA), Priscilla Hollingsworth (USA), Catherine Paleczny (ON) and Diana Lynn Thompson (BC).

 

2012

Art-O-Matic: Art Meets New Technologies. Exploring various material and conceptual possibilities of Rapid Prototyping technologies throughout the creative process through the works of Claire Brunet, Future Retrieval, Guillaume Lachapelle, Neri Oxman (Founder, Mediated Matter, MIT Media Lab) and Susan Shantz. A Makerbot Replicator 3-D printer reproduced multiple objects daily.

 

 

Invisible Streams: As Above, So Below. A hand-blown neon glass installation by Alfred Engerer for Scotiabank Nuit Blanche (Zone A) at First Canadian Place, Toronto. Lines of vibrantly coloured undulating light and found letters, logos and symbols move through the trees, converging in a whirlwind of activity around a central tree to evoke the idea of air currents and the evidence of normally unseen energies travelling through urban and rural locations.

 

 

The Winifred Shantz Collection. 50 works from the Estate of Winifred Shantz, a visionary philanthropist, were chosen for the Permanent Collection and exhibited to demonstrate her passion for collecting signature works by Canadian masters and for her engaged support in the careers of numerous promising emerging artists. The Collection includes works by John Chalke, Dale Chihuly, Dan Crichton, Laura Donefer, Joe Fafard, Irene Frolic, Robert Held, Alan Perkins, Ann Roberts, Fay Rooke, Bernard Séguin Poirier, Jack Sures, and Valeri Timofeev.

 

 

Bibelots ? II. Léopold L. Foulem’s ceramic sculptures transgress the craft vs. art dialectic while playing on homosexual stereotypes – in this case, he questions socially accepted power dynamics of paedophilia (victim/offender) through ‘camp’ imagery of sexual activity between boys and priests.

 

 

Srdjan Segan: Long Stretched Figure with Medusa Head. The Croatian-born Srdjan Segan’s 32-foot elongated clay site-specific sculpture and 30-foot long drawings of the ‘every-human’ were inspired by his war experiences while he was a refugee during the Serbo-Croatian war. A time-lapse video of that documented the making of the sculpture over eight 16-hour days accompanied the exhibition.

 

 

Ann Roberts: With Fear and Intrepid Enthusiasm. A 50-year survey of ceramics and sculptures at various stages of the artist’s career beginning from her early functional work to her highly engaging sculptures influenced by mythology and infused with literary sensibility.

 

 

The Art of Mentoring: A Legacy. Complementing Ann Roberts’ 50-year retrospective exhibition as a ceramist and sculptor, this companion exhibition celebrated her legacy as teacher and mentor.

 

2011

Terra Nova: Canadian ‘Ground-Breakers’ in Ceramic Art. Ranging from thwarted functional pieces to sculpture and mixed-media installations, this exhibition provided a fresh view of contemporary Canadian ceramic practice through the works Susan Collett, Laurent Craste, Jeremy Hatch, Sin-ying Ho, Claude Miceli, Julie Moon, Ann Mortimer, and Catherine Paleczny.

 

 

10 Artists /10 Years: Surveying Work by Winifred Award for Ceramics Recipients. Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Winifred Shantz Award for Ceramics, this exhibition surveyed key works created by winners of this prestigious award and demonstrated what is made possible when creativity is supported by visionary philanthropy.

 

 

Reflective Natures / Transparent Landscapes. Exhibition of glass and ceramic works that poetically interpreted the natural world at a time when human impact on the planet has never been greater, and our relationships with an ever-changing landscape, never more fluid. Eco-sculptures and installations by Canadian and American artists Joan Brigham, Claire Brunet, Jennifer Bueno, Alfred Engerer, André Fournelle, Sadashi Inuzuka, Benjamin Kikkert, Catherine Paleczny, and George Whitney.

 

 

Julie Oakes: Swounds. Oakes’ seven-part installation asked viewers to face the tragedy of death, share in the ecstasy of beauty and in the beauty of ecstasy in ways that acknowledges loss and beauty against the backdrop of a larger unknowable picture. At the heart of the exhibition was a flock of over 120 glass sparrows suspended from the Gallery’s ceiling. Each day, one of the sparrows fell and smashed onto the floor, adding to a growing pile of broken glass below.

 

 

Royal Canadian Academy of Arts Exhibition. 40 works by Ontario ceramic and glass RCA members. The exhibition included new works by Jane Buyers, Bruce Cochrane, Susan Collett, Sarah Link, Ann Mortimer, Penelope Stewart, and Wendy Walgate.

 

 

Amanda Dumas-Hernandez: Joy Ride - The Golden Path to Enlightenment and Happiness. This conceptual artist and self-professed southern belle from Atlanta, Georgia, embraced beauty, kitsch, and ‘camp’ in her series of sculptures and installations. The works offered the potential for introspection and metaphysical experience through her glittery mandalas while also providing multiple insights into the ‘bumpy life’ experience with hilarious absurdity.

 

 

Jim Hake: Now and Never. Hake’s figurative sculptures and mixed-media work playfully incorporated recognizable images and references in order to set the stage for a series of revelatory surprises while exploring explores ideas around social interaction and identity.

 

2010

Glass Factor: Luminaries in the Canadian Art Glass Scene. An exhibition about Canada’s major glass artists who started and/or propelled the Canadian art glass movement. Artists were Brad Copping, Laura Donefer, Susan Edgerley, Alfred Engerer, Irene Frolic, Catherine Hibbits, David James, Michèle Lapointe, Lou Lynn, Francis Muscat, Susan Rankin, Donald Robertson, John Paul Robinson, Tyler Rock, Karl Schantz, Orest Tataryn, Ione Thorkelsson, and Koen Vanderstukken.

 

 

Casting & Blowing & Slumping, Oh My! – An Alfred Experience. As much a retrospective of Alfred Engerer’s work as an exploration of glass techniques, the exhibition presented the artist’s works and studies for various architecture and public art projects over the last 30 years as well as a recreation of portions of his glass studio.

 

 

Bruce Taylor: Lucid Dreaming. Inspired by industry and a 4000-year history of ceramic anthropomorphic vessels, Taylor’s series of human-scale vessels oscillated between relic and portent – vaguely familiar yet mysterious and elusive. (Exhibition programmed by Virginia Eichhorn.)

 

 

Joni Moriyama: A Mob of Meerkats. A potent moment was captured in a clan of meerkats — one of the most co-operative and socialized societies in the animal kingdom. Moriyama’s mob of standing, sitting and crouching meerkats all facing in the same direction and seemingly intently focussed on something we could not see, set the stage for anticipation but its subject remained somehow elusive.

 

 

Cristian Raduta: Rhinos. Against the backdrop of Romanian emergence from communism, Raduta’s rhino sculptures hover over the realms of fables and myths, existing between their world and ours. They are Old World beasts that evoke earlier days when noble quests and mythological kingdoms informed rational thought. This exhibition was made possible by Mr. Raduta’s dealer, 418 Contemporary Art Gallery, Bucharest.

 

 

Louise Pentz: Broken but still standing. Pentz’ ceramic sculptures to take us into a world of contradictions where mothering is a deeply personal journey full of on-going learning, teaching, and transformation. Rather than viewing women as reproductive vessels, here, women are represented as vessels of personal identity and experience, and legacies of strength, endurance, and faith. (Exhibition programmed by Virginia Eichhorn.)

 

2009

Aganetha Dyck: The Masquerade. Inspired by the large white artificial wigs that were worn by our ancestors and the masks they carried or wore at festive balls, the artist wanted to explore how masquerades altered their guests’ behaviours – how ‘masking’ might free them from their identities. Working in collaboration with the honeybees, the artist gives discarded figurines new life, dimension, and an enigmatic beauty. As they build their honeycomb onto the figurines, the bees alter the intents of their subjects resulting in works that are not completely changed, only subtly altered – as if ‘masked’ for a masquerade ball. (Exhibition programmed by Virginia Eichhorn.)

 

Woodstock Art Gallery, Woodstock (ON).

 

2012

Visual Elements: 54th Annual Juried Exhibition (Co-juried/curated with Zhe Gu).

 

Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto

 

2010

Masterworks Southwest: A juried travelling exhibition of contemporary craft in southwestern Ontario. Travelled March to December to Tom Thomson Art Gallery, Burdette Gallery, Art Gallery of Windsor, Greenwood Quiltery & Gallery and Station Arts Centre (Co-curated with Lois Etherington Betteridge and Rhona Wenger).

 

Rouge Contemporary Projects, Toronto (Contemporary fine art commercial gallery)

 

2009

Judy Chicago: A Survey of Major Works. The first-ever Canadian survey exhibition for Chicago featuring 100 works over 40 years (Curated by Virginia Eichhorn and organised by Rouge).

 

2008

Forces of Nature: A group exhibition about land and the elements with works by Robert Farmer, Michael Harris, Lee L'Clerc, Francis Muscat, Julie Oakes, Tina Poplawski, Marian Wihak, Miguel Deres Zapata, and others.

The Toy Attic: Wendy Walgate

ARTbent. A Queer exhibition featuring work by Ian Amell, Judy Chicago, Sheryl Dudley, Daniel Hanequand, Gertrude Kearns, Jean-Christian Knaff, Julie Oakes, and others.

 

Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, Toronto (Contemporary fine art commercial gallery)

 

2008

Looking East. Contemporary art inspired by the Far East included work by Brian Burnett, Marcus Leatherdale, Lee L’Clerc, Attila Richard Lukacs, Julie Oakes, and Tina Poplawski.

 

2007

Scatter Point­ – A special project by Tina Poplawski for Nuit Blanche (Zone C).

Vicki Smith: Balance

Sheryl Dudley: The Mick and Cindy Show - The Cost of Being Fabulous.

 

Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Toronto

 

2007

Co-Curator (while Sessional Instructor) with Joni Moriyama (OCADU) and Ruth Chambers (University of Regina). Worlds So Small, OCADU Gallery, Toronto.

 

 

Co-Curator (while Sessional Instructor) with Joni Moriyama. Worlds So Small, Fifth Parallel Gallery, University of Regina, Regina, SK.

 

Art System, Toronto (Artist-run space and off-site gallery for OCADU)

 

2000

Erotica 21. Sculptures and installations celebrating erotica without power structures, featured the work of Chandra Bulucon, Jen Chin, Diane Pinnoch, Ilona Rudnicki Zaremba, and others.

 

Lectures and Presentations 

 

2014

Lecture, Un aperçu de la collection de céramiques du Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal.

 

 

Lecture, Exploring the Ceramics Collection of the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Art.

 

2013

Presenter, VIP Events. Sculpture Installation: Variation autour du verre contemporain canadien (Sculpture Installation: Variations on Contemporary Canadian Glass). Chihuly, Montreal Museum of Fine Art.

Lecture, Pushing the Boundaries: Contemporary Sculpture in Ceramic and Glass. Museum of Inuit Art, Toronto.

Presenter. Craft Meets Installation. gallery@ACTS (Crafts Alliance Atlantic Association), Halifax

 

2012

Lecture, Christian Bernard Singer: Artist & Artist as Curator. Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta.

 

 

Panellist, Distillations & Eruptions: Installation Today (with Priscilla Hollingsworth, Jen Mills and Beth Sellars) National Council for Education in Ceramic Arts (NCECA), Seattle.

 

 

Lecture, gallery@ACTS (Crafts Alliance Atlantic Association), Halifax.

 

2011

Lecture, A Museum with New Relevance. Probus Club of Kitchener/Waterloo.

 

 

Lecture, Curating: Arts Management. Cultural Management 1 (Angela Brayham, Prof.), Faculty of Applied Health Sciences, University of Waterloo.

 

 

Presentation, Moving Ahead at the Clay & Glass, Rotary Club, Kitchener.

 

2010

Panellist. A Story I Do Not Know (with Stephen Cone Weeks, Betty-Ann Jordan and Bernd Lausberg), Lausberg Contemporary, Toronto.

 

2009

Lecture, Approaching Galleries and Pricing Your Work. Headwaters Arts Festival, Oakville.

 

 

Panellist, What Galleries Want from Artists? AFAC 2009 Conference (Art for all Canada). Metro Hall, Toronto.

 

2008

Lecture/Workshop, Navigating the Commercial Gallery/Artist Relationship. CARFAC Ontario, Toronto.

 

 

Lecture/Workshop, Professionalizing Your Practice. CARFAC Ontario, Toronto.

 

 

Artist Talk, Sculpture Installation, Faculty of Art, OCADU, Toronto.

 

 

Artist Talk, Christian Bernard Singer. Toronto School of Art, Toronto.

 

2007

Lecture, Artist Talks: Christian Bernard Singer. Department of Visual Arts, University of Regina, Regina, SK.

 

 

Panellist, Mobile Structures- Dialogues between Ceramics and Architecture in Canadian Art, MacKenzie Art Gallery, Regina, SK.

 

2005

Artist Talk, Explorations: Earth, Water, Fire & Air. Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo.

 

2003

Lecture, 30 Years of Earthworks. Contemporary Issues in Sculpture, Faculty of Art History, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University, Alfred, NY.

 

1996

Lecture, Promotional Strategies for the Internet. Canadian National Internet Show, Toronto.

 

Board and Committee Positions

 

2010-12

Board of Directors, Visual Arts Ontario

 

1999-01

Founding Artist Member, Coach House Art Studio, Toronto

 

1995-96

Board of Directors (Treasurer), Inter/Access, Toronto

 

1994-95

Member, Publicity Committee, Toronto FreeNet

 

1990-92

Board of Directors (Treasurer), Fifth Avenue Court Gallery, Ottawa

 

Juror

 

2014

Juror, Absolute (10th annual national juried exhibition of fine jewellery and metalwork), Zilberschmuck Gallery, Toronto

 

2012

Juror, Visual Elements: The 52nd Annual Juried Exhibition, Woodstock Art Gallery

 

2011

Judge, Best of Fibre, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

 

2010

Juror, ArtClothText, Masterworks Southwest, Ontario Crafts Council

 

 

Juror, Exhibition Assistance Grants, Ontario Arts Council (Visual Arts Ontario)

 

2008

 

Judge, Best of Glass, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Judge, Best of Ceramics, Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition

Juror, The Artist Project, Toronto

 

2006

OCAD participation in the One-of-a-Kind show, Toronto

 

2005

Art projects, X Industria, Contemporary Art Forum | Kitchener and Area

 



Awards, Honours and Grants 

 

2006

Visual Artist Project Grant, Ontario Arts Council

 

2004

Exhibition Assistance Grant, Ontario Arts Council (Recommender: Visual Arts Ontario)

 

2002

NYSCC Alfred University Graduate Fellowship and Full Tuition Grant

 

2001

NYSCC Alfred University Graduate Fellowship and Full Tuition Grant

 

2000

Dorothy Hoover Award for Visual Work and Written Research

 

 

Louis Odette Sculpture Award

 

1999

International Exchange Study Grant

 

 

Ontario College of Art and Design Tuition Bursary, Toronto, Canada

 

1998

Dora Wechler Memorial Fund Award for Ceramics

 

 

Charles Magee Memorial Tuition Scholarship for Drawing/Painting

 

1995

Inter/Access – Artist-in-Residence

 

1986

Featured as ‘Local Fashion Designer’ (window display), International Academy of Fashion Merchandising and Design, Toronto.

 

Publications: Artistic Activities

 

Books/Catalogues

Art Toronto 2009: 10th Toronto International Art Fair. Vancouver: MMPI Canada, 2009, p. 142.

Oakes, Julie. Back to the Garden. Toronto: Headbones Gallery, 2009.

Broker, R.R., Ed. American Art Directory 2009, Vol. 63. New York: American Federation of Art, 2009, p. 442.

Oakes, Julie. Headbones Anthology (book). Toronto: Headbones Gallery, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Aligning with Beauty. Markham: Varley Art Gallery of Markham, 2008.

Campbell, James. Buddha Composed. Montreal: Galerie Samuel Lallouz, 2008.

Eichhorn, Virginia. Christian Bernard Singer: Cabinets of Curiosities. Waterloo: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Revivified: Christian Bernard Singer. Toronto: Headbones Gallery, 2008.

Regan, Audrey. International Land Artists and their Creations – Part II. New York: Art-Is-Life.com, 2008.

Oakes, Julie. Christian Bernard Singer – Eco-Installations: Dressing Mother Earth. Toronto: Headbones Gallery, 2008.

Gogarty, Amy. A Bell Rings Out: Recollection, Architecture and Ceramics at the End of Modernity. Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007

Long, Timothy and Gogarty, Amy. Unearthing (exhibition catalogue). Regina: MacKenzie Art Gallery, 2007

Eichhorn, Virginia. Tessellated Anamnesis – Patterns for Unforgetting: New Work by Christian Bernard Singer. Waterloo: Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, 2007.

McDonagh, Don. The Complete Guide to Modern Dance. New York: Doubleday, 1976.

McDonagh, Don. The Rise, Fall and Rise of Modern Dance. New York: Mentor Books, 1971.

Willis, John. Dance World 1971, 1972, 1973, and 1974 Vols. 6-9. New York: Crown Publishers, 1972-5.

 

Media/Video

Mercier, Sara. It’s My Job. Toronto: TVO, 23 January, 2010.

Oakes, Julie. Aligning with Beauty. Markham: Varley Art Gallery, 30 November, 2008.

Ready, Tom (Producer). Smoke, A Firing with Christian Singer  (Video). Toronto: OCAD, 1999.

 

Articles, Reviews and Interviews

Boily, Line. Christian Bernard Singer dans Summerfires. Toronto: Radio Canada (Émission Grands lacs café), 1 August, 2009.

Flack, Derek. Art Agenda: Summerfires, Vice Photo Show, Scott Conarroe, Wayfaring, and Elizabeth Dyer.

blogTO: ARTS, www.blogto.com, 29 July, 2009.

Kiwi Gardens. Willow House Chronicles:  Rural Life in Eastern Ontario. Blog: willowhousechronicles.wordpress.com, 30 June, 2009.

Nicu, Maria Cecilia. Sublineri: Aligning with Beauty. Toronto: Observatorul, 14 December, 2008.

Gessell, Paul. Down the Garden Path. The Ottawa Citizen, 10 July, 2008.

Reid, Rob. Contrary Forces. Waterloo Record, Sat. April 12, 2008.

Ormston, Jennifer. Meaning Memory Milieu. Waterloo Chronicle, 26 March, 2008.

Lawrence, Robin. Mobile Structures. Georgia Straight, 15 November, 2007

Group Show: Surrey Art Gallery. artreview.ca Canadian Art News Network, September, 2007.

Vancouver Sun (caption and photo), September 21, 2007.

Kostoff, Larissa. Living Installations Look to Architecture. OCAD: Sketch, Spring, 2007, p. 18-19.

Anderson, Jack. Undermining the Notion of Fixedness. The Leader Post, 4 April, 2007.

Messadié, Janine. Interview: “Estiva - Les arts et les autres.” Radio-Canada, 5 July, 2006.

McElroy, Gil. Reviews. Sculpture Magazine, March, 2006.

Young, Kathryn. Art in the Garden: Adding artistic flourishes to greenery goes back to Roman times. The Ottawa Citizen, Sat., 3 September, 2005, p. J7.

Chun, Belinda. Installation meets earth-works in New York native’s secret gardens. ThisWay, Issue No. 1, 2006.

Fast Forward Shorelines 2005. Canadian Art, September 2005.

Messadié, Janine. Interview: “Estiva - Les arts et les autres.” Radio-Canada, 27 June, 2005.

Eichhorn, Virginia. New Work: Christian Bernard Singer. Samplesize.ca, May, 2005.

Eichhorn, Virginia. Tessellated Anamnesis – Patterns for Unforgetting. The Spiral Vol. 6, May, 2005.

Hall, Lauren. Layered Meanings. Echo Weekly, 31 March – 6 April, 2005.

Demers, Véronique. Christian Singer allie l’art à l’environnement. Le Régional, 30 March – 5 April, 2005.

Christian Bernard Singer, OCAD Alumni News, April, 2005.

Haber, Jonathan. Gallery Reviews from Around New York: 7.12.04. Haberarts, 12 July, 2004.

Evidence. Interview: CIUT FM, 2 November, 2003.

Paquette, Daniel. Say Cheese. XTRA! Toronto’s Gay and Lesbian Biweekly, 30 October, 2003, p. 35.

Frost, Steve. Show Beats Winter. The Art Species May, 2003, p. 2.

Hardman, Elaine. Moss Inspires Alfred Artist. Patriot and Free Press, 16 April, 2003, p. 10.

Hardman, Elaine. A ‘Mossed See’ Exhibition in Wellsville. Alfred Sun: Moonlighter, 10 April, 2003, p. 1.

Carlton, Bridget. Moss Featured in Art Show. Fiat Lux, 15 April, 2003, p. 6.

Superette du sexe. Sexzine, Paris (April 1999).

Jeanson, Sylvie-Anne. “Sans détours.” Interview: Radio Canada, 2 May, 1998.

Smith, Mabel C.  The Hollow Comes Back a Winner. The Peterborough Examiner July, 1985.

Dance Magazine. Cabled Choreographies. Dance Magazine December, 1973, p. 40.

McDonagh, Don. Two Foreman Works for Dance Prove Though-Provoking. New York Times, 12 May, 1972.

Jowitt, Deborah. Doing and Performing. The Village Voice, 27 May, 1971.

Alen, Frances. ChoreoConcerts. Dance News May, 1971, p. 13.

McDonagh, Don. Diverse Elements Unified by Dancers in a Winning Ballet. New York Times, 28 March, 1971.

Mason, Nancy. ChoreoConcerts; The New School, NYC. Dance Magazine January, 1971, p. 74-76.

 

Publications: Curatorial Activities

 

Catalogue Texts
Espace VERRE, Montreal

 

2014

La condition humaine à travers le verre / The Human Condition Through Glass

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo

 

2014

Jiri Ladocha: Squares and Alchemy

 

 

John Paul Robinson: Art, Science and Myth

 

 

Jessica Steinhäuser: Kachelöfen

 

2013

War: Light Within/After the Darkness

 

 

Marie Côté: Jeux de bols et de voix / Of Vessels and Voices

 

 

Alfred Engerer: Invisible Streams - As Above, So Below

 

 

Distillations and Eruptions (Co-written with Priscilla Hollingsworth, Augusta, Georgia.)

 

 

Art-O-Matic: Art Meets New Technologies

 

2012

Ann Roberts: With Fear and Intrepid Enthusiasm (Includes texts by Gloria Hickey and Léopold L. Foulem.)

 

2011

Julie Oakes: Swounds

 

 

Terra Nova: Canadian ‘Ground-Breakers’ in Ceramic Art

 

 

Amanda Dumas-Hernandez: The Golden Path to Enlightenment and Happiness

 

 

Jim Hake: Now and Never

 

2010

Glass Factor: Luminaries in the Canadian Art Glass Scene

 

 

Bruce Taylor: Lucid Dreaming

 

 

Louise Pentz: Broken-but Still Standing. (Published by Stonehouse Studios, Judith MacLean Miller, Ed.

Zilberschmuck Gallery, Toronto

 

2014

Jury Statement for Absolute, 10th annual national juried exhibition of fine jewellery and metalwork.

Ontario Crafts Council, Toronto

 

2010

Masterworks Southwest: A juried travelling exhibition of contemporary craft in southwestern Ontario (Co-written with Lois Etherington Betteridge and Rhona Wenger.)

Rouge Contemporary Projects, Toronto

 

2009

Judy Chicago: A Survey of Important Works

 

2008

Forces of Nature

O’Connor Gallery, Toronto

 

2009

Editor. Jeff Szuc: Will u b my fbf?

Lehmann Leskiw Fine Art, Toronto

 

2007

Vicky Smith: Balance

 

 

The Mick and Cindy Show: The Cost of Being Fabulous

Contemporary Art Forum Kitchener & Area (CAFKA)

 

2009

X Industria: CAFKA.05

 

2008

44-page Programme Guide

 

 

Other Published Texts

Paula Murray’s Connection/Connexion at the Centre d’exposition Art-image, Ceramics Art and Perception. Spring, 2015.

WAR Comes to the Clay and Glass. Fusion Magazine, Vol.38, No 1. January, 2014.

WAR : Light Within/After the Darkness. Exile Literary Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3. Spring, 2013.

Invisible Streams Coming to the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Contemporary Canadian Glass (GAAC). 15 June, 2013.

Working With Space, NCECA Journal. Erie, CO: National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts, 2012.

Thor Walker’s process of making paperweights with sulfides – Inclusion of a porcelain cameo within glass. Herakles Paris, 2012.

Glass Factor: Luminaries in the Canadian Art Glass Scene. Contemporary Canadian Glass (GAAC). 1 February, 2011

Cosmos: Cédric Ginart at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Contemporary Canadian Glass (GAAC). 1 October, 2009.

 

Articles, Reviews and Interviews

Van der Burght, Angela. The Human Condition Through Glass. Valkenswaard,The  Netherlands: Glass is More !

14 septembre, 2014.

Reid, Robert. Gallery Celebrates Summer with Four Exhibitions. The Record. 11 August, 2014.

De Villavicencio, Paula. Travelling from Past to Present. IMPRINT. 30 May, 2014.

Vrbanac, Bob. The Reluctant Artist. Waterloo Chronicle. 9 April, 2014.

Reid, Robert. Art and Function in Kachelofen. The Record. 4 April, 2014.

Snell, Laurie. A Celebration of Strength. SPOKE. 13 January, 2014.

Vrbanac, Bob. The Light after Darkness. Waterloo Chronicle, 6 November, 2013.

Adler, Jordan. Waterloo Exhibit Devoted to the Holocaust. Canadian Jewish News, 10 October, 2013.

Parkes, Katie. Clay & Glass War Exhibit Continuing Success. Grand Social  (Blog: grandsocial.ca) 7 October, 2013.

Reid, Robert. War exhibition confronts Holocaust. The Record. 5 October, 2013.

McElroy, Gil. Distillations and Eruptions. FUSION Magazine Volume 37 Number 3, Fall 2013.

Reid, Robert. Exhibition Gives Voice to Combined Elements. The Record, 29 July, 2013.

Reid, Robert. Exhibition Gives Voice to Combined Elements. Guelph Mercury, 29 July, 2013.

Exposure: Images from Current and Upcoming Exhibitions. Ceramics Monthly, June/July/Aug., 2013, p. 20.

Allison, Rebecca. Parts of a Whole. The Cord Community Edition, 12 April, 2013.

Reid, Robert. Distillations and Eruptions Showcases Five Large Installations. The Record, 12 April, 2013.

Ho, Jessie. Distillations and Eruptions at Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. IMPRINT (University of Waterloo), 4 April, 2013.

Ebanks Schlums, Debbie. Art-O-Matic: A Review. Contemporary Canadian Glass (GAAC). 15 February, 2013.

Allison, Rebecca. Instant Art: Tech and art merge at the Clay and Glass ‘Art-O-Matic’ exhibit. The Cord Community Edition, 15 November, 2012.

Reid, Robert. Technology overlaps with art in new exhibition. The Record, 5 November, 2012.

Epp, Carole. A Very VERY Good Day. Musing About Mud (musingaboutmud.blogspot.ca), 11 October, 2012.

Reid, Robert. Ceramic and glass award winners announced. The Record, 11 October, 2012.

Vendryes, Catherine. Nuit Blanche Hosts Waterloo’s Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. IMPRINT (University of Waterloo), 5 October, 2012.

Bowie, Tara. New Show Highlights Diversity. Woodstock Sentinel Review, 2 October, 2012.

Sindrey, Curtis. Nuit Blanche Toronto 2012 Provides Fun and Solutions for the Future. Aesthetic Magazine Toronto, 30 September, 2012.

Harrington, Madeleine. Neon artwork to be featured in upcoming all-night art event. Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet, 12 September 2012.

Reid, Rob. Ceramic and Clay Exhibition Examines Masculinity. The Record, 16 May, 2012.

Vrbanac, Bob. Man or Myth? Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery explores notions of masculinity in new exhibit. The Waterloo Chronicle, 8 May, 2012.

Ann Roberts: With both fear and intrepid enthusiasm. CTV News: The Beat, 18 February, 2012.

Ryan, Gayle. With Both Fear and Enthusiasm. The Cord (Wilfred Laurier University), 1 February, 2012.

Vrbanac, Bob. The Last Voyage? Local art legend Ann Roberts says Clay and Glass retrospective inspires her. The Waterloo Chronicle, 24 January, 2012.

Reid, Rob. Exploring Nature and Art: Nine glass and ceramic eco-artists examine art and nature at Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. The Record, 29 July, 2011.

Nassar, Ramy. Our Cities Need More Public Art. The Record, 2 May, 2011.

Reid, Robert. Symbolic birds take flight and fall in exhibition. The Record, 30 April, 2011.

Goddard, Peter. Julie Oakes: A Life in Art. The Toronto Star, 20 April, 2011.

Idle, Ashley. Made from the Earth: Clay and Glass. SPOKE (Conestoga College), 9 April, 2011.

Gutierrez, Jason C. Julie Oake’s crashing glass birds at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet, 8 April, 2011.

Burman, Monika. Susan Low-Beer: A Jump to Grace. Mass Art Guide (MAG), March, 2011, Cover.

Lucuik, Erin. The Art of Not Taking Yourself Too Seriously. Mass Art Guide (MAG), March, 2011, pgs. 12-17.

Vaughan, R.M. Ghosts and Glass Birds. Globe and Mail, 4 February, 2011.

Brash Sophistication: Two pop artists redefine minimalism at Clay & Glass gallery. The Hamilton Spectator, 21 January, 2011.

Valerio, Carla. The Glass Factor: An exhibition of fantasy and beauty. IMPRINT Vol. 33, No 17 (University of Waterloo), 12 November, 2010.

Reid, Robert. Glass Exhibition Features Canadian Artists. The Record, 3 October, 2010.

Page, Andrew. A revamped Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery reopens outside Toronto with all-star exhibition. The Glass Quarterly Hot Sheet, 24 September, 2010.

Reid, Robert. Bogusky Resigns as Head of KW Art Gallery. The Record, 24 September, 2010.

Reid, Robert. Local ceramic artist featured in exhibition at Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery. The Record, 29 July, 2010.

Reid, Robert. Children Featured Provocatively in Exhibitions. The Record, 29 April, 2010.

Moraru, Ortansa. ArtistiCuratoriGalerii: ‘Ronoceriilui Cristian Răduță Observatorul: Canadian Romanian Magazine, 15 April, 2010.

Exhibit at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery features explorations of self. The Cord Community Edition, 10 February, 2010.

Canadian Art. When Women Rule the World. Canadian Art, 18 February, 2009.

Cordileone, Elvira. Furniture, sculpture and design come together at new gallery. The Toronto Star, 28 August, 2009.

Reid, Robert. All Chicago in Toronto. The Record, 14 February, 2009.

Anisef, Jen. Judy Chicago-orama at The Rouge. Toronto Craft Alert, 7 February, 2009.

Mulholland, Sarah. OCAD, University of Regina Ceramic Students Embark On Exchange. Canvas (OCAD), February, 2007, p. 7.

CAFKA 2005. IMPRINT (University of Waterloo), 30 September, 2005.

DeGroot, Martin. Art co-operative invites us to brush winter blues away. The Record, 8 March, 2005.

Bulucon, Chandra, Karagiorgos, Vasilliki. Quick Stop Art Stop. Interview: CKLN Toronto, 8 November, 2000.

Cross, Rean. Sex City. Interview: CIUT FM, November, 2000.

Loyst, Cynthia. Sex TV City TV Toronto, 9 November, 2000.

 

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