Images (from left to right): Simon Denny. Photo: Nick Ash; Avery Singer. Photo: Grant Delin; Hans Ulrich Obrist. Photo: Andreas Schmidt

In Conversation: Avery Singer, Simon Denny and Hans Ulrich Obrist

  • Thu 12 Oct 2023, 9.30 – 11 am

Join us for a conversation with Avery Singer and Simon Denny, moderated by Hans Ulrich Obrist, in celebration of the exhibition ‘Avery Singer. Free Fall’ at Hauser & Wirth London.

• 9.30 am: Preview and complimentary refreshments
• 10 am: Talk begins
• 11 am: Talk ends

Tickets are free, however we encourage a donation to our 2023 – 2024 charity partner, Brixton Soup Kitchen. Advance booking is essential. 

About Avery Singer
Born in 1987 in New York NY, Avery Singer has emerged as a powerful contemporary voice whose work explores the possibilities in the convergence of painting and technology. Her highly distinctive oeuvre incorporates both autobiographical and fictional narratives, reflecting upon the art world today and the wider sweep of art history that she has inherited as a painter. Singer’s pioneering techniques are deployed to question the ways in which images and their distribution in our contemporary world, are increasingly informed by new media and technologies.

Singer has developed a highly original visual vocabulary that evokes established traditions of archival documentation and a preferred iconography that references the familiar art historical notions of the artist, the muse and the ironies suggested by these tropes. At the same time, her dexterous process is highly technologically advanced, yielding completed works characterized by atmospheric spaces conjuring the digital realm. Singer’s nuanced use of industrial automation and three-dimensional computer modeling, such as SketchUp, Blender and DAZ 3D, underpins a complex process of layering. She projects imagery onto large-scale canvases and builds the compositions through airbrushed acrylic paint. The resulting paintings contrast clarity with ambiguity, past with future and geometric precision with intuitively generated forms.

About Simon Denny
Simon Denny lives and works in Berlin, Germany. He makes artworks that unpack stories about technology using a variety of media including painting, web-based media, installation, sculpture, print and video. He studied at the Elam School of Fine Arts, University of Auckland and at the Städelschule, Frankfurt am Main.

Denny’s recent solo exhibitions include: Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany (2023); Gus Fisher Gallery, University of Auckland, New Zeland (2022); Outernet, London, UK (2022); and Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany (2021). He has curated significant exhibitions about blockchains and art such as Proof of Stake at Kunstverein, Hamburg, Germany (2021) and Proof of Work at Schinkel Pavillon, Berlin, Germany (2018). Denny’s works are represented in major institutional collections including: Kunstsammlung NordrheinWestfalen, Düsseldorf, Germany; MoMA, New York NY; Walker Art Centre, Minneapolis MN; Kunsthaus Zürich, Switzerland; Sammlung zeitgenössischer Kunst der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Berlin, Germany; and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, Wellington.

Denny co-founded the artist mentoring program BPA//Berlin Program for Artists and serves as a Professor of Time-Based Media at The Hochschule für bildende Künste, Hamburg, Germany.

About Hans Ulrich Obrist
Hans Ulrich Obrist is Artistic Director of the Serpentine in London, UK, and Senior Advisor at LUMA Arles, France. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since Obrist’s first show ‘World Soup (The Kitchen Show)’ in 1991, he has curated more than 350 exhibitions, including recent exhibitions Enzo Mari at Triennale Milano, Italy (2020); WORLDBUILDING at Centre Pompidou Metz, France (2023); and Julia Stoschek Collection Dusseldorf, Germany (2022).

In 2011, Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015, he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize. Most recently, he was honored by the Appraisers Association of America with the 2018 Award for Excellence in the Arts.

Obrist’s publications include: Ways of Curating (2015); The Age of Earthquakes (2015); Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015); The Extreme Self: Age of You (2021); 140 Ideas for Planet Earth (2021); Edouard Glissant: Archipelago (2021); James Lovelock: Ever Gaia (2023); Remember to Dream (2023); and Une vie in Progress (2023).

Please be advised that photographs will be taken at this event for use on the Hauser & Wirth website, social media and in other marketing materials.

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