Preston Singletary: Echoes, Fire, and Shadows, a mid-career survey of the artists work organized by the Museum of Glass,
opened at the National Museum of the American Indian
in New York City over the weekend. It will remain on view through September 5, 2011 before it will travel to the Anchorage Museum
at Rasmussen Center early in 2012.
Preston Singletary is recognized internationally for his work, which combines two of the Pacific Northwest s most prominent artistic influencestraditional Native American designs and the medium of glass. For nearly two decades, he has melded the symbols, patterns and legends of his Tlingit heritage with the dynamism of the Studio Glass movement, creating a distinctive and powerful body of work. Singletary uses a complex combination of techniques, including glassblowing, sand carving, and inlaying, to create contemporary glass sculpture from traditional forms, translating the visual vocabulary of Native American woodcarving and painted art into glass.
Echoes, Fire, and Shadows, which contains 54 works from the artists own collection as well as objects borrowed from major museum and private collections across the United States , illustrates Singletarys artistic evolution over the past two decades. Included are icons of Singletarys oeuvre and examples of his significant collaborative experiences, as well as many rare workssome which have never before been exhibitedand prototypes and new works designed specifically for this exhibition. The atmosphere of the exhibition is enhanced by original music and video, signaling a new artistic direction for Singletary.