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Showing For: March, 2019

Preston Singletary Current Exhibitions

See Preston Singletary's current exhbitiions at the Museum of Glass and the Traver Gallery. 

Current Exhibitions


 

Illuminated Forest
April 4th – 27th, 2019
Traver Gallery - Seattle, WA. 

The Illuminated Forest, the newest exhibition by renowned Tlingit artist, Preston Singletary, is a poignant tribute to a sacred natural realm; a realm where, according to Tlingit mythology, the Shaman resides. Always interested in connecting the traditions of storytelling in Northwest Coast Native society with contemporary culture and politics, Singletary brings fresh and newly imagined imagery to this most recent body of work. His blown and carved glass sculptures elegantly meld the traditional form-line design and iconography with modern forms, colors, and gestures; calling attention to the cultural threads that connect the two distinct temporal realities they represent.

Preston says of this show, “In the Tlingit territory, the forest is where the Shaman lived. In stillness and solitude, they observed nature and how the animals behaved. They learned about medicinal plants and connected with animal spirit helpers. From the forest came the cedar bark and spruce used to weave baskets, hats, and garments. Trees were harvested to make totem poles to illustrate clan histories and make utilitarian objects such as bowls, spoons, boxes, tools for hunting, and canoes for transportation. The forest is also home to the animals; bears, wolves and supernatural animals such as the Cannibal Giant and Kushtaka, the land otters. These are the images of the illuminated forest”. - Text courtesy of Traver Gallery

 

Transforming Killer Whale

Cast lead crystal

35.5" x 10" x 10"

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Currently on view until September 2nd, 2019
Museum of Glass - Tacoma, WA.

Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

The glass art of Preston Singletary is rooted in the narrative of Raven and the Box of Daylight. Artwork in the exhibition will be supported by the research of Walter Porter, a Tlingit mythologist and historian. Porter’s research provides a unique perspective about Tlingit cultural stories. He was well-known for his comparative work regarding other culture’s mythologies to the Raven story, and his research will be used to draw connections to universal themes and perspectives.

Visitors will be immersed in Tlingit culture through a dynamic, multi-sensory environment. Art objects and exhibition text will be supported by audio and video elements. This will include recordings by storytellers, music, recordings of Pacific Northwest coastal sounds, and a backdrop of shadows and projected images. The exhibition is active, surprising, and dramatic, and engages the viewer through sight and sound.

Oral histories and narratives are an essential part of the survival of Tlingit culture. Recordings of Tlingit storytellers will introduce visitors to the art form of Tlingit oral tradition. These oral performances tell the story of Raven and the light and include original music and sound effects to further enhance the visitor experience. "Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight"  takes visitors on an experiential journey with Raven, and the transformation of darkness into light. – Text courtesy of Museum of Glass

This exhibition will be traveling to The Wichita Art Museum (2019) and The National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. (2020).

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Hot Shop Sneak Peek

Get a behind the scenes look at the Preston Singletary Studio hot shop. 

Take a behind the scenes look at the Preston Singletary Studio hot shop team as they work on new pieces created in blown glass. Pictured below are Preston Singletary, Sean Albert, Janusz Pozniak, Ross Richmond, and Dave Walters. Photos courtesy of Preston Singletary Studio.

 

 
 
 
 

Photo by Sean Albert

 


See Pieces by Preston Singletary at These Exhibitions:

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight
Museum of Glass
Currently on view until September 2, 2019

Raven and the Box of Daylight is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience.

 

Illuminated Forest
Traver Gallery
April 4th – April 27th, 2019

Visit the Traver Gallery for the "Illuminated Forest" exhibition featuring new blown glass sculptures by Preston Singletary. Attend the Opening Reception on Thursday April 4th, 5-8:00 PM.

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Upcoming Public Art Projects

A sneak peek at upcoming public art projects by Preston Singletary. 

 

Upcoming Public Art Projects

 

 

Concept Rendering

 

The Burke Museum 
Seattle, WA.
“The Weavers Welcome”
Fall 2019

The Burke Museum has commissioned the artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), David Franklin and Preston Singletary (Tlingit), to create a monumental Coast Salish art piece for the lobby of the New Burke Museum.

This new piece, titled “The Weaver’s Welcome”, is currently being created in glass, bronze and metal with imagery based on historical items held within the Burke Museum collection.

“We intend for the piece to engage both museum visitors and passersby. The colorful glass and metal sculpture will be enlivened by varying light and shadow as the southwestern-facing space transforms from sunrise to sunset. By night, the piece metamorphoses into a glowing jewel lit from within.” - “The Weaver’s Welcome” artist team.

 

                


The Fremont Ship Canal
Seattle, WA.
“Petrel Guards the Water” and “Raven Steals The Water” 
Fall 2019

Artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin have collaborated to create two large freestanding sculptures formed into canoe paddles and made from glass and metal. These pieces will stand at 14 feet tall each.

The story represents how water came to the First Peoples of the Northwest Coast as understood by the Tlingit people, Singletary's ancestors. It is a story told across other tribes as well and a vast part of the coast. It illustrates what a treasure water is.

First Raven brings us light to the world and secondly he brings water. His act of trickery and thievery benefits us all but also teaches us that we too should guard our water, as it truly is our treasure and the source of our environment.

One paddle would be placed on each side of the ship canal, with each paddle telling its part of the story.

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Winter and Spring Events

Upcoming events and exhibitions for the Preston Singletary Studio. 

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for these upcoming Winter and Spring 2019 events featuring new works by Preston Singletary.

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight

Museum of Glass

Currently on view until September 2nd, 2019

"Raven and the Box of Daylight" is the Tlingit story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This story holds great significance for the Tlingit people. The exhibition features a dynamic combination of artwork, storytelling, and encounter, where the Tlingit story unfolds during the visitor’s experience. See this exhibit until September 2nd, 2019 at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. 

 

Join Preston Singletary for his Artist Residency at the Museum of Glass Hot Shop February 27th - March 3rd, 2019. 

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight, Cast lead crystal, 32.75" x 9.75" x 6"

 

Killer Whale Totem
Winter 2019

The Killer Whale Totem, the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary, is almost complete and has been successfully cast in lead crystal. The final step in this year–long process is finishing and refining all of the surface areas. The Studio anticipates that the piece will be fully completed in winter 2019.

Following the completion of the first Family Story Totem series, The Killer Whale Totem features Singletary’s moiety (the Eagle) on top, his clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center, and a thunderbird that represents David Svenson who is the carver of the wooden pole.

This process started in winter 2017; first the totem was carved in wood, which was then used to create a mold. Using a lost wax process the piece was then cast in several sections. Standing at nearly eight feet tall the Killer Whale Totem will weigh close to 2,500 pounds when completed.

Please feel free to contact the Preston Singletary Studio with any questions or inquiries. 

 

Killer Whale Totem, Carved wood, 106" x 33.5" x 22" 

 

Killer Whale Totem (small version), Cast lead crystal, 36” x 10" x 7"

 

 

Traver Gallery
April 4th – April 27th  2019

Visit the Traver Gallery to see an exhibition of new blown glass sculptures by Preston Singletary. Attend the Opening Reception on Thursday April 4th, 5-8:00 PM. 
 

 

The Burke Museum
Opening Fall 2019

The Burke Museum has commissioned the artists Brian Perry (Port Gamble S’Klallam), Anthony Jones (Port Gamble S'Klallam), David Franklin and Preston Singletary (Tlingit), to create a monumental Coast Salish art piece for the lobby of the New Burke.

This new piece, titled “The Weaver’s Welcome”, is currently being created in glass and metal with imagery based on historical items held within the Burke Museum collection.

“We intend for the piece to engage both museum visitors and passersby. The colorful glass and metal sculpture will be enlivened by varying light and shadow as the southwestern-facing space transforms from sunrise to sunset. By night, the piece metamorphoses into a glowing jewel lit from within.” - “The Weaver’s Welcome” artist team

 

“The Weaver’s Welcome” Artist Rendering

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Final Phase - Killer Whale Totem

A look at the final steps before the new Killer Whale Totem is completed. 

The Killer Whale Totem, the newest monumental work by Preston Singletary, is almost complete and has been successfully cast in lead crystal. The final step in this year–long process is finishing and refining all of the surface areas.

Following the completion of the first Family Story Totem series, The Killer Whale Totem features Singletary’s moiety (the Eagle) on top, his clan crest (the Killer Whale) in the center, and a thunderbird that represents David Svenson who is the carver of the wooden pole.

This process started in winter 2017; first the totem was carved in wood, which was then used to create a mold. Using a lost wax process the piece was then cast in several sections. Standing at nearly eight feet tall the Killer Whale Totem will weigh close to 2,500 pounds when completed.

Stay tuned for updates on this exceptional project and as we unveil the final piece. Please feel free to contact the Preston Singletary Studio with any questions.

 

Killer Whale Totem  - Carved Wood, 106” x 33.5” x 22”

 

Killer Whale Totem - Cast lead crystal, small version 36” tall

 

A Modern Creation Story  - A look at how the Family Story Totem was created in lead crystal. 

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