January 15–March 23, 2011
Sprueth Magers is pleased to present the first solo exhibition of the New York based artist Alexandre Singh in Berlin.
Singh’s work derives at once from traditions in literature, performance, photo-conceptualism and object-based installation art. Often starting with elaborate, publicly presented lectures that blend historical fact with narrative fiction, Singh’s practice resists categorization.
His Assembly Instructions works, two of which are presented in the exhibition, visualize the artist’s fantastically woven stories in the form of wall-mounted, photocopied collages visually connected by dotted lines penciled directly onto gallery walls. Presented in both live form as public lectures using overhead projectors and transparencies, Singh’s narratives delve into diverse disciplines such as science, pseudo-science, industry, magic, business and art history; each element is linked to another producing unexpected congruencies and points of intersection. The work Assembly Instructions (IKEA) improbably takes as its starting point the development of the internationally successful home-goods retailer, and from the standardised floor plan of the stores infers what amounts to a history of human consciousness.