Photo credit: Andrey Kolayda at James Oliver Gallery

Photo credit: Andrey Kolayda at James Oliver Gallery



Dance of Hades

Dance of Hades

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John Singletary

Installation collaboration with David Markham-Gessner and special thanks to Robert Zohn for his support.

May 3 - September 22, 2019

ANAHATA closes 30 minutes prior to museum hours.

  • 4:30 on Tuesday and Thursday - Sunday

  • 6:30 on Wednesday with the exception of Artist Tours

The Delaware Contemporary debuts new compositions added to the Anahata series of immersive multimedia installations conceived by artist John Singletary. Out from the cloak of darkness emerges a fantastical universe of images that seem to exist in both the past and the present simultaneously. Drawing from an ancient visual language, Singletary seamlessly bridges history with the contemporary by capturing his meticulous and intimate choreography with an open-spectrum camera in his one-of-a-kind UV light studio using sophisticated OLED monitors. The captivating results are the efforts of collaboration between performers, choreographers, costume designers, makeup artists, and technicians. Singletary creates the rendered images using a revolutionary photographic process that produces images true to moments in time.

Sanskrit for "unhurt" or "unbroken," the word Anahata refers to the heart chakra and the Vedic concept of the "unstruck" sound of the celestial realm. Singletary's seemingly chaotic constructions give way to visions of harmony and invocations of creations and origin. By plunging the viewer into complete darkness, Singletary recreates conditions of birth - both physical and spiritual. Light pulsating from the black offers a way out of the dark and attempts to provide answers to implied questions about genesis and the universal human condition.

"Singletary's hauntingly beautiful images in Anahata are exquisite tableaus, populated by lavishly adorned human figures that appear to be engaging in ceremonial dance, ritualist ambulation, and acts of devotional veneration. The scenes possess a universal timelessness, with pictorial elements reminiscent of Tibetan Buddhist painting, Medieval tapestry, Persian miniature painting, and deep tribal ritual of peoples from across the globe depicted in ethnographic film and photography." - Joseph Gonzales, Executive Director of The Delaware Contemporary

John Singletary is a photographer and multi-media artist based in Philadelphia, PA. He will serve as a panelist for the 2019 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium: Immanent Realms: Light, Image, Sound at The Delaware Contemporary. This Symposium will culminate in a live dance performance in conjunction with the Anahata exhibition, featuring dancer Megan Hannon. Singletary's work has been shown in museums and galleries across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York.

Some of the work in this exhibition contains graphic imagery. Audience discretion advised.

Thanks to generous underwriting support, ANAHATA admission is free for the remainder of the exhibition.

Carole Bieber & Marc Ham Gallery


EXCLUSIVE Preview Opening Reception: Thursday, May 2, 2019 | 5 - 7 PM

Art Loop Opening Reception:
Friday, May 3 | 5 - 9 PM

Meet artist John Singletary and experience a live enhancement to Anahata with dancers posed throughout the exhibition. 
$10 Ticketed admission for this exhibition applies during Art Loop.

2019 Gretchen Hupfel Symposium: 
Immanent Realms: Light, Image, Sound 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 | 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM

This program is partially funded by a grant from the Delaware Humanities, a state program of the National Endowment for the Humanities.