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Learn more about upcoming exhibitions featuring collaborative art and the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo to support their new album.

Music & New Collaborations

Music for the Great Sun

Preston Singletary and Choctaw artist Marcus Amerman have joined forces to create a body of work inspired by the forms and symbols of the ancient mound builder cultures of North America.

The Great Sun was a divine god-king of the Cahokia Mound builders, and both the political and religious leader of that ancient society. Many of the ancient pieces that served as inspiration for the artists were originally made by imperial craftsmen for the demands of the ruling class and The Great Sun.

View the Music for the Great Sun exhibition at the Exhibit C Native Gallery from March 1st - June 30th, 2021. Join Preston Singletary and Marcus Amerman for a special Virtual Opening Reception on Friday March 19th.
 

 


A Collaboration in Glass III

View a new collection of art by Preston Singletary and Jody Naranjo, who is renowned for her contemporary pueblo pottery, as they collaborate for the third time. These two distinct styles meld with each other in blown and sand carved glass sculptures. View A Collaboration in Glass III at the Blue Rain Gallery from March 26th to April 17th, 2021.

“The third round of collaborations was fueled by the pandemic. The remote collaboration was a
welcome change of routine for us. Usually we are able to work side by side making the vessels
that Jody designs, but this time we sent drawings back and forth, and I handled the blowing of
the pieces with my team in my studio.

Working on these blown vase forms is liberating for me and sort of a return to my glass blowing
roots. The classical form has always been an area of focus for me especially in the beginning of
my career when I helped other people make their work.

Collaboration comes easy for me because as glass workers we are accustomed to making work
for other people or executing ideas for people who do not blow glass themselves. Each
collaboration with an Indigenous artist teaches me something new in terms of approach and
dealing with traditional symbols and storytelling.”

- Preston Singletary


 

Contribute to the Khu.éex’ Indiegogo - Ends March 20th, 2021

Khu.éex’ began recording in 2013 after a chance meeting between Bernie Worrell and Preston Singletary. To date, Khu.éex’ has released three albums, The Wilderness Within, They Forgot They Survived and Héen.

The title of the new album, WOOch, translates from "together" in the Tlingit language, "wooch" also echoes the "WOO" philosophy of Khu.éex' co-founder the late Bernie Worrell (keyboardist - Parliament-Funkadelic), where he wished to use music to bring people together. This Indiegogo will use funds to complete the production and release of this new album.

Khu.éex' has reached our original Indiegogo goal of $15,000 to complete and release the new album, WOOch. Support from our Contributors was fundamental in the production of WOOch”which is scheduled to be released in June 2021. 

We will use any funds that go over the original $15,000 goal to get into the studio and add the multi track layering and mixing for a new batch of music recorded in October of 2020.  Khu.éex’ recorded 6 basic tracks for a new EP reflecting the newest line up. These new tracks feature Sondra Segundo the lead singer, singing in her Haida language in "Killer Whale Song", and our newest song titled "Breathe In". Please consider contributing to help Khu.éex' reach this next “Stretch Goal”. 

Perks for contributors includes music by Khu.éex' and art by Preston Singletary (Khu.éex' co-founder/bassist), like this Chartreuse Lightning Basket created in blown and sand carved glass. This Indiegogo ends on March 20th, 2021.


Chartreuse Lightning Basket
Blown and sand carved glass
5” x 6”

 

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Public Art Focus: Tlingit Dancing Staff

See the "Tlingit Dancing Staff" by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin in the Pearl District of Portland, OR.

It’s a great time to get outside and explore public art. See the Tlingit Dancing Staff by artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin in the Pearl District of Portland, OR.

Design work and fabrication began in Summer 2017 and in January 2018 the piece was installed on-site at NW 11th and Hoyt St. at the new Dianne Apartment building.  Constructed of steel, glass and lighting elements this piece stands over 20 feet tall.

This piece represents a Tlingit dancing staff, used by singers or dancers and thumped on the floor to keep time or waved in sync with music. This work explores the dynamic relationship between the Wolf and the Raven, with the top of the sculpture depicting Raven holding the sun.

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff
Preston Singletary and David Franklin
Glass and steel
24 ft tall
Location: NW 11th and Hoyt St., Portland, OR.

 

Installation of Tlingit Dancing Staff

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff - Detail

 

Tlingit Dancing Staff - Night

 

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Upcoming Exhibits featuring Collaborative Works

A sneak peek at upcoming collaborative works by Preston Singletary. 

New Exhibits Featuring Collaborative Works

 

Music for the Great Sun
Preston Singletary & Marcus Amerman
Exhibit C Native Gallery
March 1st - June 30th, 2021

See a select collection of collaborative works by artists Preston Singletary and Marcus Amerman at the "Music for the Great Sun" exhibition showing at Exhibit C Native Gallery, opening March 1st 2021.

 

Deerman of the Hopewell
Preston Singletary & Marcus Amerman
Blown and sand carved glass
24" x 14" x 5.5"

 

 

A Collaboration in Glass III
Preston Singletary & Jody Naranjo
Blue Rain Gallery
March 26th - April 17th, 2021

View a new collection of collaborative work in blown glass by Preston Singletary and Jody Naranjo at Blue Rain Gallery.

 

Winter Deer Dance
Preston Singletary & Jody Naranjo
Blown and sand carved glass
9" x 12" x 3.5"

 

Jody Naranjo and Preston Singletary collaborating in 2013.

 

 

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New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio

New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio: An Inside Look

New Works from the Preston Singletary Studio: An Inside Look
 

“Annual Celebration of Native American Art”

It has been an extremely reflective and intense time during this period of Covid 19. During the spring I was not working in the hot process, which is team oriented, rather the isolation opened up the time and opportunity to finish many existing pieces in the studio.

The work included in the “Annual Celebration of Native American Art” at the Blue Rain Gallery is a variety of new art that builds on formats that I’ve been experimenting with sculpturally and esthetically. The vessel forms pay homage to my glass blowing roots and are adorned with flowing form line designs, while the colors are bright, meditative and reference a sort of modernist sensibility.

A return to the Crest Hat format is one that I go to intermittently. These forms are like a canvas for new design of crest animals that represent different families, and the design pattern evolves with time and my ability to reimagine newer ways of interpreting the figures.

“Raven and The North Winds” is a mobile, which represents Raven when he was fishing, when the sun made him so hot and uncomfortable, that he called on the winds to blow hard so that he could continue his activity of food gathering.

I look forward to sharing this new collection of blown glass sculptures at the Blue Rain Gallery “Annual Celebration of Native American Art” running from August 14th – 25th, 2020.

 

White Smoke, Under The Blue Sky, Sacred Woods, and Long White Cloud
Blown and Sand Carved Glass
Height varies from 27.5" to 15.5" 

 

Shark Clan Hat
Blown and sand carved glass
7.75" x 16.75"

 

Raven in the North Winds
Blown and sand carved glass, bronze

 


New Work with Raven Skyriver

Shortly after gradually reopening the hot shop at the Studio in July I was able to collaborate with the artist Raven Skyriver on a new collection of blown glass sculptures. This is our second collaboration together where we were able to meld our distinct styles into glass. 

 

 

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New Collaborations with Harlan Reano

Get a sneak peek at the upcoming collection of new collaborative works by Harlan Reano and Preston Singletary. 

Recently the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host artist Harlan Reano, a leading potter from New Mexico, to work on their new collection of collaborative art in blown glass. New sculptures by Preston Singletary, along with these collaborative pieces with Reano, will be presented at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM August 16th – 31st, 2019. More details about this upcoming exhibit at: www.blueraingallery.com

 

Harlan Reano drawing the designs for the new pieces.

 

 

Wild Spinach Vase

Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano

Blown and sand carved glass

12.5" x 13" x 9"

 

 

Preston Singletary cutting the design work, prior to the piece being sand blasted. 

 

 

 

 

Starline

Preston Singletary and Harlan Reano

Blown and sand carved glass

10" x 11" x 11"

 

 

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