Bio / CV

Artist Statement
In my works on paper, I'm exploring the printed word as a visual representation of information, attempting to uncover new meaning in what is slowly becoming an outdated form. Crossing out the entirety of a written text while exposing only selected words changes the perception of the original message. Revealing word frequency adds another layer and opens new paths to understanding.

As an extension of this, my mixed-media pieces are created from flyers stapled to telephone poles (lost dog, garage sale, etc.). After years of weather, these community billboards become a rusting graveyard of events past. I remove the paper scraps and re-assemble them into graphic structures inlaid with chaotic bits of image, typography, and rust. I've even begun creating my own flyers, exposing them to the elements before tearing and then reassembling them into new forms.

Most of the larger scale projects I create are a direct reaction to either personal or shared events. The feeling of isolation created by the internet led to The 1000 Journals Project, a shared artifact network connecting strangers the world over. The rhetoric about what's good or bad for the economy led to my questioning why we're not talking about what's good or bad for people instead. I seek to make people think, consider, and even question their preconceived beliefs.

Someguy, also known as Brian Singer, is a San Francisco based fine artist whose projects have received international attention. His art ranges from intimate works with paper to large scale participatory projects. The 1000 Journals Project, launched in 2000, was turned into a book, a feature length documentary, and has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. The project was covered in The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Better Homes and Gardens and many others. More recently, he launched the provocative project TWIT Spotting, where photos of people using their phones while driving were placed onto Billboards in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Brian is also an accomplished graphic designer having created work for Apple, Adidas, SFMOMA, Facebook, Chronicle Books and many others. In addition to being recognized with numerous awards and publications, he has served as the president of the San Francisco chapter of AIGA, the professional association for design and taught at Academy of Art University.

Brian received his BA from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Spotlight Gallery, Napa Valley Museum CA

Group Exhibitions
2018 The Art of the Book, Seager / Gray Gallery, CA
2018 Cut Up/Cut Out,
Pensacola Museum of Art, FL
2017-18 Cut Up/Cut Out, Huntsville Museum of Art, AL
2017 Text Me
, Museum of Design Atlanta, GA
2017 Cut Up/Cut Out, Bellevue Arts Museum, WA
2017 Renegade Fiber, Marin Museum of Contemporary Art, CA
2017 Alternative Facts, Works Gallery, San Jose, CA
2017 ArtSpan Selections, Heron Arts, SF, CA
2016 Cut Up/Cut Out, Bedford Gallery, Walnut Creek, CA
2016 Be careful what you vote for, popUp Gallery, Alameda, CA
2016 In_Sight On_Site: Beyond Function, AIASF Gallery, CA
2016 LOOK! BOOK ARTS, Healdsburg Art Center, CA
2015 StartUp Art fair, San Francisco, CA
2015 The Cal Poly Connection, Studios on the Park, Paso Robles, CA
2014 Civic Art, DG717 Gallery, San Francisco CA
2014 New Directions, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2014 Mixed (e)Motions, A/NT Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014 Jax Juried Exhibit, Hayloft Gallery, Floyd, VA
2012 HELP/LESS, Printed Matter, New York, NY
2012 FAX, San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, San Francisco, CA
2011 Transmit, Den Contemporary, Los Angeles, CA
2011 Proof, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
2011 The Art of the Book, Donna Seager Gallery, San Rafael, CA
2011 Getting Upper, Pasadena Museum of California Art, CA

1000 Journals Exhibitions
Scottsdale Public Art, March 1 - June 30, 2012
Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles October 5, 2010 - February 26, 2011
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, November 1, 2008 - April 5, 2009

GF Contemporary, Santa Fe New Mexico
SLATE Art, Oakland, CA
Board Involvement
AIGA National Board (2013-2016)
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery Advisory Board (2009-2012)
AIGA San Francisco Board (2007-2010, VP, then President)
New Langton Arts Advisory Board (2004-2006)

Teaching History
Academy of Art University, Grad Program, Graphic Design (2006-2008)
CCA, Extension Classes (2004-2005)

Selected Speaking Engagements
Ohio Arts Educators Association Conference
HOW Design Conference
Creative Summit Conference
Art Institute Pittsburgh
Re:Design Conference
Autodesk Design Department
PapierHier, The Netherlands
Target Design Group
Columbus Society of Communicating Arts
Destination Design Management Conference
The Colophon Club, Berkeley
Phoenix Design Week Conference
Rethinking Media Conference: Amsterdam
Clorox Design Department
FUSE Conference: Chicago
UNITE, San Diego
AIGA Cincinnati
DWELL ON DESIGN, Panelist, Los Angeles
AIGA Portland
Dallas Society of Visual Communicators
Academy of Art University
Portfolio Center
Art Institute Atlanta
Art Institute Los Angeles

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