Raven Skyriver & Preston Singletary
Our featured October artists translate and honor their Indigenous heritage through the medium of glass. Both from the Tlingit Nation, they approach their work from different angles: one through the lens of ecosystem and animal-life; the other through Northwest Coast mythology and traditional objects.
Raven Skyriver (Tlingit) presents an exhibition of blown and hot-sculpted glass marine animals from oceans and river systems that are threatened by pollution, ocean acidification, and over-fishing. Skyriver uses the techniques he has learned from blowing with William Morris and other glass luminaries to render lifelike creatures, giving us eye-to-eye encounters with deep sea creatures we don’t often see.
He is joined by fellow Washington glassblower Preston Singletary (Tlingit), who presents works in glass, bronze and on paper. Singletary uses intricate Northwest Coast formline design to render shamanic implements, woven hats and baskets, and legendary characters in glass. Known for his world-spanning collaborations with other indigenous artists, Singletary plans to debut the first-ever collaboration with Skyriver in this exhibition.
Singletary and Skyriver are part of the larger movement of Indigenous artist working in glass on the Northwest Coast. Collectively, this movement is known as Northwest Native Art Glass, and includes contemporary artists from Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Alaska. Stonington Gallery is proud to be in the vanguard of Northwest Native Art Glass, representing many of these artists year-round.
This is exhibition is part of the larger Refract Seattle festival.
Exhibition Dates:October 3, 2019 - October 27, 2019
Raven Skyriver, Preston Singletary