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Brian Singer’s  Raindrops series uses paperback books dipped in archival ink, which are then arranged into circular shapes. This exposes organic patterns within the ink, that sit against a backdrop of structured geometry.


Brian Singer, also known as someguy, 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. He is best known for his provocative social projects such as TWIT Spotting (Texting While In Traffic) and Home Street Home. In 2000, he launched The 1000 Journals Project which 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.
Brian is also an accomplished graphic designer having created work for Apple, Facebook, Pinterest, Chronicle Books and many others. In addition to being recognized with numerous awards and publications, he has served on the advisory board for the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, and the national board of AIGA, the professional association for design.


The raindrops series uses paperback books dipped in archival ink, which are then arranged into circular shapes. This exposes organic patterns within the ink, that sit against a backdrop of structured geometry. The pieces are coated with UV resin, providing another contrast to the softness of the paper and ink. 


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

Solo exhibitions
2018 Between the lines, 1888 Center, Orange, CA (opens Aug 30th)
2016 Spotlight Gallery, Napa Valley Museum, CA

1000 Journals exhibitions
Scottsdale Public Art, March 1 – May 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

Group exhibitions
2018 Cut Up/Cut Out, Ellen Noel Art Museum, TX
2018 Paperworks Refolded, City of Brea Art Gallery, CA
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 Sight: Beyond Function, AIA Gallery, San Francisco, 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 New Directions, Barrett Art Center, Poughkeepsie, NY
2014 Mixed (e)Motions, A/NT Gallery, Seattle, WA
2014 Jax Juried Exhibit, Hayloft Gallery, Floyd, VA
2014 Civic Art, DG717 Gallery, San Francisco CA
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

Board involvement
AIGA National Board (2013 – 2017)
San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery Advisory Board (2009-2012)
AIGA San Francisco Board (2007-2010, Vice President, 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 talks to creative groups
Ohio Arts Educators Association
HOW Live Conference, Atlanta
Hike Conference
Art Institute Atlanta 
Art Institute Los Angeles
PapierHier, The Netherlands 
Target Design Group
Columbus Society of Communicating Arts
Dallas Society of Visual Communicators
Academy of Art University 
Portfolio Center
The Colophon Club, Berkeley
Clorox Design Department
FUSE Conference: Chicago
UNITE, San Diego

Avenue 12 Gallery
1101 Lake Street (at 12th Avenue)
San Francisco CA 94118