kontort project space

writing a gesture


On View: April 1 to April 29
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 1 from 2 to 5 p


  Yvonne Singer,  writing a gesture  (still)  , video projection, 7 minutes 15 seconds, 2017

Yvonne Singer, writing a gesture (still), video projection, 7 minutes 15 seconds, 2017

Artist Statement:

The only sound we hear is the scratching of the fountain pen as I repeatedly write a series of phrases: ‘I will know you by your gesture; By your gesture will I know you; Will I know you by your gesture.’ The idea of gesture literally refers to the physical gesture of handwriting. Gesture is also the movement of the camera recording the time it takes to write and then erase. Metaphorically, a gesture is a sign, a language that is a form of non-verbal communication. It carries meaning. A gesture is a trace. A gesture is a reciprocal action … it is sent and received. A gesture is small or large, benevolent or sinister.

In the video, the action of repeatedly writing and rewriting the same three phrases suggests an anxiety about the meaning of a gesture implicated in a relationship; but, the video does not reveal anything about the type of relationship. The gesture is enigmatic and the video questions what the gesture tells us.” – Yvonne Singer (2017)

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Artist Biography:

Professor Yvonne Singer was born in Budapest, Hungary. She received a BA in English Literature at McGill, and an MFA Honours from York University. She also did additional studies at the Ontario College of Art and Design. Singer is an Associate Professor at York University in the Department of Visual Art and Art History, and the former Graduate Program Director in visual arts. Her community activities have included: juror for public sculpture commissions, and board membership on the Toronto Arts Council, C International Art magazine, and the Koffler Centre for the Arts.

Professor Singer is a practicing artist with an active national and international exhibition record. Her installation works employ multi-media techniques, often with cryptic texts to articulate cultural and psychological issues of disjuncture and perception. Singer particularly is interested in the intersection of public and private histories. Recent exhibitions include writing a gesture, Katzman Contemporary; Mother Tongue, Varley Art Gallery; Picturing Wellness, McMaster Museum of Art; The Game of Life: 1 step forward, 10 steps backwards, art souterrain and Nuit Blanche, Montreal; jst wrds at the Cambridge Galleries; I do, I undo, I redo, at Critical Mass, Port Hope; IIIIwawawant at the Convenience Gallery and the Gladstone Hotel; just in time (or hanging by a thread), Loop Gallery, Toronto. In 2011, Singer was invited by curator Dr. Sarat Maharaj to present work at Goteborg International Contemporary Art Biennial, Goteborg, Sweden. She is the recipient of several grants, including a Canada Council Travel Grant.