solo exhibition “The Indirect Man”

The Indirect Man at Night 2006 oil on linen 35.6 × 27.9 cm ©︎Diego Singh

Diego Singh’s work is described by curator Dominic Molon as
“…constructing imaginary other worlds that function as self-portraits, radically expanding the possibilities of that artistic tradition… The work incorporates the viewer in the artist self-mythology wile remaining deliriously ambivalent about the boundary separating constructed self-identity and fictional license”.

In Singh’s paintings, drawings and sculptures the self is addressed as a territory open to investigation and play, where gender and historicity are in constant flux, and identity is thought of as a possibility that allows for a series of strategies that seek to reveal or obscure its own nature. For Singh, a painting that passes for a poster or that references sculpture is also a way for experimenting with the intersections that converge in the conception of a syncretism discourse.

In The Indirect Man, the self-portraits function as synthetic constructions where modernist discourses and mass media languages meet; cinematic techniques (zooms, fade outs) minimalism, surrealism, pop, fashion and primitivism… All the paintings use black as a main component?as both color and sign. Like in a night scene, the faces and forms become abstract, the subject is zoomed, cropped, eyes move, multiply or glow while quoting aspects of glam rock, drag culture or homelessness; avoiding direct representation in an atmosphere that is at once, excessive, androgynous and tragic.
In some, the canvas passes for a plastic bag becoming almost a sculptural object, another painting depicts a close-up of a mask or minimalist neon structures interacting with a set of eyes, or a mouth.
In all the works presented the self-portrait becomes “…an object of inference and not of perception, an object of culture and not of immediate or natural intuition”*1. In Singh’s project the status of the self-portrait or the self-portraitist will always retain a hypothetical character, giving the artist a performative role, where the audience constructs a narrative by reading the hints that are proposed.
This exhibition will include a life-size sculpture depicting an almost naked man (he wears gloves and a belt), seated as in one of the most traditional poses in classical sculptural portraiture. The figure has an oversized head that is both baroque wig and rock-alike construction, precariously supported by painted iron sticks.


Artist Profile

Diego Singh

Diego Singh was born in Argentina. He is the founder of Central Fine, a curatorial project based in Miami and Buenos Aires. Diego Singh’s denim, text, hinges and scribbles paintings were exhibited in solo exhibitions at “Table For One” at Tomio Koyama Gallery, Tokyo (2011); “Unimodern Gondolieri” at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles (2012); “Embarrassed by Loneliness” at Mendes Wood Gallery, Sao Paulo (2012); and “Submarine Uploading” at Annarumma in Napoli (2012). Works from these series where included recently in: “Locally Sourced” at the American University Museum in Washington DC (2015); “Recent Acquisitions” at the Perez Art Museum Miami (2014); “Prospects” at MOCA San Diego (2013); and “Le Ragioni della Pittura” at La Fondazzione Malvina Menegaz, in Castelbasso (2013). Singh paintings are part of MOCA San Diego Permanent Collection, the Perez Art Museum Miami and the De La Cruz Collection, Miami, among others.


Born in Argentina.
1999 B.A., Comunicaciones Sociales, Unversidad Kennedy, Argentina
2000 M.A., Direccion de Arte Asociacion Argentina de Agencias de Publicidad (AAAP), Buenos Aires, Argentina
Art History Kennedy Universy, Argentina