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women in neon
Making a splash at The Museum of Neon in LA earlier this year, She Bends, hailed as “revolutionary” by Juxtapoz Magazine, hit The Midway Gallery this Spring. Click below to review this fantastic show and search our blog to read artist interviews with these amazing 32 woman neon benders from around the world.
Marpi’s interest in using digital tools to create art installations stems from a desire to provide escapes from the ordinary, and at times, monotonous and routine mundanities of the everyday. His mission is to elicit joy and respite from the habitual humdrum of routine. Marpi prides himself in presenting pieces intended for audiences within whom he aims to foster a sense of creativity
Burning Man favorite and engineer turned LED artist, Christopher Schardt creates enchanting LED canopies intended to be a place for rest and relaxation. Constellation, now on view at The Midway, is a custom iteration of his large canopy, Firmament; these stunning light installations are beautifully paired with calming, classical music.
Linda Sue Price discovered a passion for neon bending after spending 30 years in the video production industry. Her approach intends to spotlight the bends and curves of the glass itself, moments where glass is superimposed on one another, sections that would normally remain hidden on the back of finished signs.
Kacie Lees practice incorporates experimentation and play to create unique pieces with concepts stemming from notable instances in her life. “I don’t take commissions, but I do take lengthy conversations,” Kacie explains.
Lily Reeves grew up in the South, alongside communities of evangelists and outsider artists, which she credits sparking her interest in belief systems. Educationally, this curiosity led her down a research path into the occult, comparative religion, mythology, global rituals, and the relation between mind-body-space. Lily’s fascination with diverse faith-based practices carries into her art with installations that immerse visitors into shared moments of spiritual transformation by inviting audience members to engage in actions reminiscent of rituals.
Quite possibly one of the most photographed, boomeranged, instagrammed, snapped--I could go on--installations at SHE BENDS, San Francisco edition, was Sarah Blood’s I’m So Fucking Tired. Unapologetically decorated with gaudy, gold sequins, Sarah’s “sign” beautifully declares “TA-DA!” in the artist’s handwriting, loudly accentuated by electric pink, while a fan, decorated with matching gold streamers, oscillates in front of it, its breeze causing the sequins to dance and ripple around the neon text.
As a third-generation neon fabricator, Roxy Rose’s pieces are nothing short of mind-blowing. Her near 40 years of experience in the fires are evident in her intricate sculptures that, not only, display her mastery of the medium, but also, share personal messages and reflections on the state of the world we live in.
Stephanie Sara Lifshutz embraces neon’s traditional use as signage, creating work that explores language and word play.
Eve Hoyt’s mixed media pieces unify her two interests, her love for deserted items and her appreciation for neon light bending. She is especially drawn to objects she hasn’t seen before and are no longer around. Eve’s discoveries, from vintage items to long-forgotten toys, find a home in her Philadelphia-based studio, where she builds them into whimsical, light-up sculptures.
Every era has its dating culture, presently its one of match-making apps where it’s not uncommon for users to receive intrusive, sexually aggressive come-ons straight to their inbox. Well, Danielle James, neon light bender and artist, takes these unsolicited messages and turns them into humorous neon signs.