We'll be featuring the art of Tucson's Jeremy Singer, plus featuring his beer & movie picks: the Smoke Signals movie, and Flagstaff Beers. Smoke Signals: Based on a couple of short stories (from The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven) by Sherman Alexie, Smoke Signals is a lean and assured feature that speaks well of its lengthy, rich evolution, including a development stint at Sundance.
"I am Native American and I am an artist when you put those two together it seems to mean entirely different thing. When someone thinks Native American Art a cliché pops into their head. Art made by Native Americans is scene as a generic picture of an Indian princess, wolf and a teepee. I want to show there are subjects beyond the cliché Teepee and loincloth. As an artist I want to explore and grow.
I was seven years old; we were on our way to my grandmother's house, in Gray Mountain Arizona, I turned and asked my parents when we would see some "Indians." I knew we were Navajo but I wanted to see "Indians." My family laughed, but again I asked the question. Where do they live? My parents both turned to each and pointed out to the Colorado plateau. I refused their answer because that is where my Grandmother lived and I was familiar with the area. I snapped back aggravated and replied. Where are the Indians, you know with the teepees, horses and feathers? My family laughed even more."
Jeremy Singer was born in 1977 on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Tuba City Arizona. Jeremy is a documented-holding, certificate of Indian blood 4/4 member of the Navajo Indian tribe. He is of the Towering house people and born for the Salt People. His maternal grandparents are of the Bitter Water People and his paternal grandparents are of the Red Bottom People. Jeremy attended school in Flagstaff Arizona, which is 35 miles south of where his paternal in Gray Mountain and 50 miles south of his maternal grandparents in Cameron Arizona. Family has played an important role in Jeremy's art making. Navajo People, Navajo textiles and humor are his main influences. The artist has attended Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona. Jeremy works and resides in Tucson Arizona.