About

Bio and Curriculum Vitae

Born in Perth Western Australia, Mike Singe received a Bachelor of Fine Art from Curtin University in 1990 and established a profile within the Perth art community before moving to Tasmania in 2009. His work is represented in major institutions including the Art Gallery of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University and the Kerry Stokes Collection. Singe has also been the recipient of multiple development grants through ArtsWA.

In 2009 he was awarded an Australian Postgraduate Award to undertake a Master of Fine Arts at the Tasmanian School of Art. The focus of this research, completed in 2011, into the shifting human behaviour and cultural systems in response to the climate change debate continues to inform his practice. Despite his interest in the subject of climate change Singe is quick to point out that it would be inaccurate to label his art practice as environmentally responsible. Rather than drawing inspiration from the field of legitimate climate science, his practice is informed by the evolving culture and language that has developed in response to this looming environmental disaster. He is particularly fascinated by the DIY eco inventions that pervade the internet, the seemingly endless websites and YouTube videos that feature backyard environmental warriors espousing their low cost, labour intensive and inevitably inefficient climate change solutions. While these dubious inventions fail to provide practical environmental solutions, they offer their creators a flawed outlet for relieving the guilt of their ongoing global warming complicity.

EDUCATION

2011

MFA, University of Tasmania

1990

Bachelor of Fine Arts, Curtin University of Technology

 

 

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2019

Fixation – Turner Galleries

2018

Celebrating 400ppm – Devonport Regional Gallery

2017/18

Half Empty / Half Full – Moonah Art Centre, Turner Galleries,

Geraldton Regional Art Gallery

2013

5 Hour Carbon Capture & Storage – Applecross

2011

Energy, Air and Climate change – Plimsoll Gallery UTAS

2010

Warm Up – Six_A

2007

Group Show – Galerie Dusseldorf

2003

Are we there yet? – Galerie Dusseldorf

2001

Forgotten Works from the Private Collection – 46 Grafton rd

1999

Run with the hares & hunt with the hounds – Galerie Dusseldorf

1993

Toys for big girls and boys – Galerie Dusseldorf

 

 

SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2021

Totemism: Climate Altered Species – Spectrum Gallery ECU

2020

Octolab, Octopus Encounters – GLASMOOG, Cologne

2019

Octolab – Plimsoll Gallery UTAS

2018

Exquisite Corpse – Contemporary Art Tasmania

2015

The Weather – Despard Gallery

2014

The Brassington Affair – Plimsoll Gallery UTAS

2011

Unnatural – Plimsoll Gallery UTAS

2011

Ephemeral Traces – IMAS Bio-logging symposium 

2011

Panoply – Sawtooth ARI

2010

Outlook – Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery

2008

Staff Room – Moores Building

2008

Closet Circus – Bunbury Regional Art Gallery

2007

Staff Room – Moores Building

2007

Paperatzi – Albany WA

2006

30 Years On – Galerie Dusseldorf

2006

Staff Room – Moores Building

2006

Galerie Dusseldorf exhibit Melbourne Art Fair 

2005

Bankwest Contemporary Art Prize

2005

Mine Own Executioner – Mundaring Art Centre

2005

City of Joondalup invitational art award

2005

Sir Charles Gairdner Art Award

2005

Shelf Life – Galerie Dusseldorf

 

REPRESENTATION

Art Gallery Of Western Australia

Murdoch University

Kerry Stokes Collection

Bankwest

City of Joondalup

Royal Perth Hospital

Ian & Sue Bernadt Collection

King Edward Memorial Hospital

Horn Collection

Curtin University of Technology

Janet Holmes à Court Collection

University of Western Australia

 

SELECT AWARDS / COMMISIONS

Australian Postgraduate Award – 2009

ArtsWA development grant – 2006

Artsource residency: The Gunnery, Sydney – 2004

ArtsWA development grant – 2002