Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Avery Singer / Hammer Gallery / Opening Soon

Brooklyn Magazine / 30 under 30

Calder Kusmierski Singer 
25 | Bushwick
Visual Artist, Composer, Audio Visual Technician
Born and raised in Tribeca, Calder Singer comes from a family of artists: His mom illustrates children’s books; his dad is a painter and projectionist at MoMA; and his sister most recently showed paintings at the New Museum Triennial. Singer is following suit as a visual artist, electronic music composer, and AV technician at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. In middle school, living three blocks from the Twin Towers, Singer was deeply affected by the events of 9/11. The tragedy would become the predominant theme of his fantastical visual art and music composition as a TIMARA major at Oberlin Conservatory (he graduated in 2011). In bold mixed media, Singer illustrates a 9/11-inspired post-apocalyptic vision of New York City; and in galleries around the five boroughs, he dances to his electronic tracks costumed as his freakish glitter-lipped alter ego, My Little Daemon.
What’s some advice you’d have for people looking to get a foothold in your industry?
CS: Stay true to what interests you. Be patient and open-minded to the world, to others, and to what others make. Follow your intuition, work your ass off, project confidence and friendliness at much as humanly possible. Articulate your dreams thoroughly. Stay focused on your vision and craft. It is more important to make work that is both strong and meaningful to you than to chase fame.
What’s felt like your biggest professional accomplishment?
CS: Having continued working on my art and music through adversity, stress, sickness, and work.