Jake Michael Singer
Jake Michael Singer (b.1991, Cape Town) is a South African multidisciplinary artist. He completed his bachelor’s at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town, in 2013, after deepening his learning over the course of 2012 at Central Saint Martins in London. He experiments with a broad range of disciplines from photography to works on paper, and commands an exquisite mastery of sculpture. Singer has been shown in major art fairs globally, held solo shows in Europe, America and Africa, and been part of over 60 group shows since graduating in 2013, and is represented in collections both locally and abroad. Most recently, he was part of Still Here Tomorrow To High Five You Yesterday, a group show at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art, Cape Town, in 2019. During the course of his 6-year career he has been recognised by the Eduardo Villa Foundation Grant in both 2016 and 2017, invited to residencies in Johannesburg (2014) and Amsterdam (2017) and commissioned for a large scale public sculpture situated on top of the iconic W+A building in Johannesburg. The site-specific sculpture, Dawn Chorus, entered the prestigious Rand Merchant Bank (RMB) collection in 2019. It is on permanent public display at the RMB Think Precinct in Johannesburg. THK Gallery presented a solo show of Singer’s works in its Cape Town space in November 2019. His works were selected to travel with THK Gallery to Contemporary Istanbul 2019, AKAA Art Fair 2019 in Paris, and the Cologne Fine Art & Design Fair 2019 in Germany. He was also part of the group show, Between the Lines, in THK Gallery from December 2019 to early February 2020 before being presented at Cape Town Art Fair in 2020. Jake Michael Singer’s monumental installation, And All Birds Flew With a Harsh Scream (Marmara), 2020, is currently part of Materality, the new group show at Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) in Cape Town, and will be on exhibition until August 2020. 2019 · In Murmurs, THK Gallery, Cape Town · Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, Matter Gallery 2018 · But A Storm Is Blowing From Paradise, Matter Gallery, Toronto 2017 · Pale Stability, Punt WG, Amsterdam · RGB Sky, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg · Nest Collective and Jake Michael Singer, Matter Gallery, Toronto · No Longer and Not Yet, 50 Golbourne Gallery: Lagos X Johannesburg with Olalekan Jeyifous, London 2016 · Catastrophes, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg 2013 · Vestiges of Development, Michaelis Grad Show, Cape Town Group Shows 2020 · Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town · Matereality, Iziko South African National Gallery, Cape Town · Between the Lines, THK Gallery, Cape Town 2019 · The Main Complaint, Zeitz MOCAA, Cape Town · Contemporary Istanbul art fair, THK Gallery, Istanbul · Also Known As Africa (AKAA) art fair, THK Gallery, Paris · Cologne Fine Art & Design, THK Gallery, Cologne 2018 · Kampala Biennale curated by Simon Njami Kampala · Triptych, Matter Gallery, Toronto · Talking To Dear Ears, Absa Gallery, Johannesburg 2017 · AKAA, Also Known As Africa, Art Intelligence, Paris · Occupy I, Fried Contemporary, Pretoria · Urban Axis, Another Antipodes, Perth · Cape Town Art Fair, Hazard Gallery, Cape Town · A Flagrant Arcade, Art Africa Fair, Cape Town · Whats In It For You? No End Gallery, Johannesburg 2016 · I Never Read, Alma Martha, Basel · Suba Biennale, Dak’art Off, Dakar · Also Known As Africa (AKAA) art fair, Paris, Hazard Gallery · FNB Joburg Art Fair, Johannesburg · False Idols, Twilsharpe Studios, Johannesburg · Young Art Virtuoso, August House, Johannesburg · Turbine Art Fair, No End Gallery, Johannesburg · Actresses, an adaption of Chekov’s Seagull, Grahamstown Arts Festival · August House, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg 2015 · Arte Lima, Psh Projects, Lima · Nirox Sculpture Fair, Cradle of Humankind · Grid Cape Town Biennale, Cape Town · Transitions at the Post Office, Johannesburg · Public Sculpture, Arts on Main, curated by Parts and Labour, Johannesburg · Africa Future Now, Hazard Gallery, Johannesburg 2014 · Electron Salon, LACDA, Los Angeles · Morphos Sustainable Empires, Venice · Emerge Art Fair, Washington DC · Play, Nirox Sculpture Park, Cradle of Humankind · Fete, an Art Show, curated by Martha Collective, Johannesburg · Nirox Sculpture, Cradle of Humankind · Cubicle, Infecting the City, Cape Town · Greatest Hits, Industrial Harvest, Ava Gallery, Cape Town 2013 · Two Weeks Notice, Cape Town · Platform 18-28, Infecting the City, Cape Town
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