John Singletary: Anahata

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John Singletary: Anahata

May 3, 2019 - September 29, 2019

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Artist Tours with John Singletary and David Markham-Gessner:
Select Wednesdays | 6 – 6:45 PM

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Philadelphia native, John Singletary, is a fine art photographer and multimedia artist. His educational training includes both Drexel University and a BFA in Photography from The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA. He has exhibited at The Pennsylvania State Museum of Art, LG Tripp Gallery and The James Oliver Gallery. As well, his work is represented in the permanent collections of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Center for Fine Art Photography and The Haverford College Archives.

Anahata is a photographic exhibition that uses its mode of presentation to transcend the limitations of the medium in a multi-disciplinary installation experience. Photographs are animated through multiple state-of-the-art OLED panels used as electronic canvases. The technology is synchronized to create joined, large format displays, some forming 8′ x 8′ luminous squares or a 30′ Greco-Roman frieze-inspired composition. Images materialize out of walls and recede back into darkness, as would apparitions in this oddly familiar living space. These and other works are set to original music composed by John Singletary and Matt Hollenberg.

While the ambition in Singletary’s presentation is of distinct merit, it’s not mere technology doing the real work. The photographic quality in his highly ornamented images demonstrates a conscious and masterful use of the medium. Influenced by a production approach found in theater and cinema, Singletary and his crew built a black box studio in a Victorian house in Germantown, PA as a set for the photography in Anahata. This long term collaborative project enlisted dancers, theater performers, costume designers, make-up artists, choreographers and set technicians. And, in this black box studio, the dream-like imagery, extracted from mythology, symbolism and mysticism directs the narrative in Anahata as it explores human relationships and their connection to the divine.

In John Singletary’s inventive world of Anahata, the artist commands an ancient cry from demons and gods in spear-decorated headdresses and cocoon-like webs that conquer and connect us. From there, he uses an advanced understanding of technology to move forward seamlessly into a hyper-lit future. With his sensitivity in making this unique grand scale production personal and through his exacting print work, the fantasticality in Anahata becomes very real.

Art Loop reception: Friday May 3rd, 5 – 9 PM.

EXCLUSIVE Preview Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2, 5 – 7 PM
Be one of the first to view these new compositions. This installation will come to life with dancers Sarah Braviak and Hayley Stricker performing a choreographed work in handcrafted costumes by C. Stewart, inspired by Anahata. Throughout the event, attendees will be serenaded by classical and flamenco guitarist Patricio Acevedo. Artist collaborators John Singletary and David Markham-Gessner will be in attendance to discuss the origins, meanings, and modalities of their unique work with guests.  
General Admission: $25
Includes EXCLUSIVE exhibition preview before it opens to the public, signed poster by Singletary, lite bites by Drip Cafe, and cash bar. Click here to get your exclusive tickets


May 3, 2019
September 29, 2019
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The Delaware Contemporary
200 South Madison Street
Wilmington, DE 19801 United States
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