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Héen by Khu.éex’

Learn about the upcoming third album release by Khu.éex’, the unique band that Preston Singleary plays bass in. 

Khu.éex’

Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska. Khu.éex' focuses on the concept of sharing culture, stories, and music, by presenting a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.

The band was formed by artist Preston Singletary (who plays bass with the band) and the late legendary Bernie Worrell of the Parliament-Funkadelic/Talk Heads, and includes a variety of major musicians such as Skerik, Captain Raab, Gene Tagaban, Nahaan, Steve Nistor, Hans Teuber, Indrayani Ananda and more. 

 

 

The recording of Khu.éex’s upcoming third album, entitled “Héen” (water in the Tlingit language), coincided with critical events and issues affecting Indian Country (and the earth as a whole) including the construction of Dakota Access Pipeline and the endangerment of clean water in our communities.  These events were on the group’s mind during these sessions, which resulted in water being a conceptual connecting thread throughout the material. 

Indiegogo

Starting on Friday June 1st you can help Khu.éex’ raise funds to release their third album, Héen, by contributing to their Indiegogo campaign. Perks include the new album released on triple vinyl, select art pieces by Preston Singletary, a Khu.éex' VIP Listening Party and more!

Learn more about this exciting project HERE

 

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New Collaborative Works

See a behind the scenes look at the new works being created at the Preston Singletary Studio. 

Recently the Preston Singletary Studio was pleased to host artist Jody Naranjo, a leading Pueblo potter from New Mexico,  to work on their second collection of collaborative blown glass pieces. Dante Marioni was also present to help in this collaborative endeavor.

These unique pieces will be presented at Blue Rain Gallery in Santa Fe, NM this fall. Check back on our Calendar as we announce exhibition details for these pieces in the upcoming weeks. 

 

 

 

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The Music of Khu.éex’

Learn about the band Khu.éex’ that Preston Singletary co-founded and plays bass with.

Khu.éex’

Did you know that Preston Singletary also plays bass in a band? Khu.éex’ (pronounced koo-eex) translates to “Potlatch” in the Tlingit language, a Native group from Southeast Alaska.  Khu.éex' focuses on the concept of sharing culture, stories, and music, by presenting a contemporary interpretation of our culture to empower others.

 

 
 

Tlingit tribal member Preston Singletary founded this unique collaboration with major musicians including the legendary late Rock and Roll Hall of Fame composer and performer Bernie Worrell, Skerik collaborator with Pearl Jam, Stanton Moore of Galactic, Captain Raab of Red Earth, and tribal members Gene Tagaban, Nahaan, the late Clarissa Rizal, and more local musicians. 


Catch Khu.éex' perform in Seattle at the Upstream Music Fest in June and stay tuned of upcoming projects and the official release of their third record, “Héen” at www.khueex.com

 

 
 
 
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Upcoming Projects and Exhibitions

Explore several upcoming projects by Preston Singletary including upcoming exhibits and the large Killer Whale Totem project. 

Upcoming Exhibits and Projects

The Air World
Traver Gallery
Opens April 5th

"This show is my second exploration of the natural elements, Air. The domain of the birds. Our precious gift of air, one of the important elements of life and seemingly one that we take for granted." - Preston Singletary

Join us for an Artist Talk with Preston Singletary on Saturday April 21st at 1:00 PM at the Traver Gallery. 

  

 

Raven and the Box of Daylight
Museum of Glass
October 2018

Visit the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA. for the Raven and the Box of Daylight, the unique solo exhibition by Preston Singletary, which tells the Tlingit origin story of Raven and his transformation of the world—bringing light to people via the stars, moon, and sun. This traveling exhibition will debut at the Museum of Glass in October.

  

 

Killer Whale Totem - Casting Stage 

In 2017 Preston Singletary started the large “Killer Whale Totem” series, which is currently being cast in lead crystal. Following the successful completion of the “Family Story Totem” series, the "Killer Whale Totem" shows Singletary’s clan crest (Killer Whale) in the center, his moiety (Eagle) on top, and a Thunderbird in the center that represents David Svenson, the carver of the wooden pole and one of Singletary’s mentors. The Thunderbird emerges from the mouth of the Killer Whale, which represents Swenson’s crest symbol. At the bottom is the Wolf design, the original moiety for the tribe, which was replaced by the contemporary depiction of an Eagle.


The “Killer Whale Totem” will be created in a very limited edition of three, each one in a different color,  standing over eight feet tall and weighing approximately 2,600 pounds each. This smaller version of the "Killer Whale Totem" stands at 36 inches tall and has a similar amber color to the large 8 foot tall totem that is currently being cast and expected to be completed within the next few months. Learn more about the full scale Killer Whale Totem project here


  

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Public Art & Commissions

A look at Preston Singletary's public art and site specific installations. 

In addition to museum and gallery shows, Preston Singletary has also created several public art and site-specific installations, with more being completed in the upcoming year.  Upcoming works of art will be installed in Anchorage, AK. and Seattle, WA. Below are examples of recent large-scale pieces created by Singletary.

In 2017 artists Preston Singletary and David Franklin began work with the Regional Arts & Culture Council in Portland OR. to design a large-scale public art piece in the Pearl District. 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, which were used by singers or dancers and thumped on the floor to keep time or waved in sync with music. This sculpture explores the dynamic relationship between the Wolf and the Raven, with the top depicting Raven holding the sun.

 

In 2017 Preston Singletary started the large “Killer Whale Totem” series, which is currently being cast in lead crystal. Following the successful completion of the “Family Story Totem” series, the "Killer Whale Totem" shows Singletary’s clan crest (Killer Whale) in the center, his moiety (Eagle) on top, and a Thunderbird in the center that represents David Svenson, the carver of the wooden pole and one of Singletary’s mentors. The Thunderbird emerges from the mouth of the Killer Whale, which represents Swenson’s crest symbol. At the bottom is the Wolf design, the original moiety for the tribe, which was replaced by the contemporary depiction of an Eagle. 

The “Killer Whale Totem” will be created in a limited edition of three, each one in a different color and standing over eight feet tall. This smaller version of the "Killer Whale Totem" stands at 36 inches tall and has a similar color to the large 8 foot tall Totem that is currently being cast. 


Created in 2015 by Singletary, this glass Clan House screen and house posts were installed at the Walter Soboleff Center in Juneau, Alaska. The screen shows a Northwest Coast design in sandblasted glass. On the left stands an Eagle warrior; while on the right stands a Raven created in a dark charcoal color. This screen measures approximately 11.5 feet high by 16 feet wide and weighs over 1000 lbs. It's created with 28 glass panels, 28 plexiglass panels, and over 200 custom made mounting bolts. Photo courtesy of Sealaska Heritage. 

To see more public art and commissioned pieces please visit the Commissions page.

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