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Preston Singletary: Raven And The Box Of Daylight Exhibition Catalog

Preston Singletary: Raven And The Box Of Daylight Exhibition Catalog

Museum of Glass / University of Washington Press

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The story Raven and the Box of Daylight, which tells how Raven transformed the world and brought light to the people by releasing the stars, moon, and sun, holds great significance to the Tlingit people of the Pacific Northwest Coast. A new body of work by artist Preston Singletary (American, born 1963) immerses readers in Tlingit traditions by telling this story through his monumental glass works and installations.

Primarily known for his celebration of Tlingit art and design, Singletary explores new ways of working with glass inspired by Tlingit design principles. Tlingit objects were traditionally used to show wealth and tell stories by representing elements of the natural world, as well as the histories of individual families. By drawing upon this tradition, Singletary’s art creates a unique theatrical atmosphere, in which the pieces follow and enhance a narrative. This book includes texts that place Singletary’s work within the wider histories of both glass art and native arts traditions—especially the art of spoken-word storytelling. Also included are a biography and an interview with the artist.

Preston Singletary: Raven and the Box of Daylight is on view at the Chrysler Museum March 3, 2023 — July 2, 2023.

Product Details

  • Product Type: Exhibition Catalog, Hardcover
  • 144 pages, with 115 illustrations
  • Publication Date:
  • Shipping Dimensions: 11.5 × 10.0 × 1.0 inches
    (29.2 × 25.4 × 2.5 cm)
  • Shipping Weight: 2.63 lb (42.0 oz; 1191 g)
  • SKU010008278 | ISBN: 9780972664950

About the Artist, Preston Singletary

Preston Kochéin Singletary (b. 1963, San Francisco; lives in Seattle) is an internationally recognized glass artist of Tlingit descent.

Singletary began blowing glass at the Glass Eye studios in Seattle, WA in 1982. He developed his skills as a production glass maker, and attended the Pilchuck Glass School, going on to work at the glass studio of Benjamin Moore. There, he broadened his skills by assisting Dante Marioni, Richard Royal, Dan Dailey and Lino Tagliapietra, and started to develop his own work. In 1993, a professional trip to Sweden led to the influence of Scandinavian design, and the introduction to his future wife, Åsa Sandlund.

In 2000 Singletary received an honorary name from elder Joe David (Nuu Chah Nulth), a significant moment in his relationship to his Tlingit ethnicity, and self-acceptance as a keeper of cultural knowledge. Over forty years of glass making, creating music and working together with elders, he has continued to forge new directions in use of materials and in concepts of Indigenous arts with Indigneous practitioners internationally.

Singletary’s works of public art have been installed in multiple locations in the Northwest; other works are included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Seattle Art Museum; the Ethnographic Museum, Stockholm; The National Museum of Scotland; The British Museum; and The Smithsonian National Museum of The American Indian, among others. Two solo exhibitions he originated with the Museum of Glass, Tacoma, have travelled nationally. One of these, “Raven and the Box of Daylight,” curated by Dr. Miranda Belarde-Lewis, is currently on view at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC.

Preston Singletary’s work is represented by Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe; Schantz Galleries, Stockbridge; and Traver Gallery, Seattle.

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