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.
PLUTONIAN PICTURES is a Micro Cinema . . . located in my TriBeCa, NYC loft. We have Salon Style programing for an invitational audience of nine, e.g. "The Bus Stop Show" included shorts, industrials, slides, film clips, and a feature film. Formats: Reg. 8mm/Super 8mm/16mm/Slides/Video Projection/ViewMaster/Digital Media/LP, CD, Audio Cassette playback.
I love drawing... it is personal... direct... spontaneous... one on one... quixotic.
2nd passion is my 9 seat micro-cinema... the camaraderie of friends... sharing drama, comedy, suspense & fear - all in the privacy in 'Greg's Grotto'.