Preston Singletary – Ancient Modernism

Preston Singletary

October 1 - November 15, 2022

Sandra Ainsley Gallery

This show highlights the Modernist influences on my Tlingit ancestry, and cultural objects. I’ve long been influenced by the Modernist movement in art and how those artists were inspired by Native art, Oceanic and African art. In some cases, the Modernists were known to appropriate these forms and they realized that these cultural objects were created for a purpose, to express human relationship to the cosmos.

I love reflecting on Modernism which led to Primitivism, Surrealism and even Dada. So in this collection of pieces you can see spare organic forms that relate to modernist and minimalist sculpture, but they are adorned with Tlingit design work to create my version of Ancient Modernism.