She Bends: Women in Neon
The Midway Gallery is thrilled to announce, She Bends will be returning to our venue October 5, 2019, with an opening reception featuring musical headliner, Thunder Pussy. She Bends is the largest, most inclusive survey exhibition of femme identifying neon benders from around the world, curated by artist Meryl Pataky.
at The Midway gallery, she bends celebrates not only the women in the exhibition but, ALSO, musicians & chefs who may not be be bending glass but are taking swings the glass ceiling.
At The Midway, She Bends becomes much more than an exhibition with programming, designed by Midway Arts Program & Gallery Director, Kelsey Issel, such as a big opening night soiree, neon workshops, glass bending demos, panel discussions and salon dinners.
“Pataky is very knowledgeable and deep into the badass, dangerously spontaneous art form of neon bending and is the perfect curator to seek out and celebrate like-minded artists”
“Neon has traditionally been a men’s field, yet today we see a growing number of women picking up the torch and bending glass for themselves to create artwork as well as signs. Originally known for its commercial applications - including seedy depictions of the female figure - neon in now appreciated for its conceptual content. Women’s influence on the medium has proven to further neon’s role as an art form and thus prolonged its survival as a trade”
-Kim Kogan, The Museum of Neon on the social importance of She Bends
“The material of neon itself is heavy with historical overtones, the act of women repurposing this trade to convey messages about the female experience is in and of itself an act of rebellion - not to mention these women are wildly talented and their neon works are an absolute pleasure for the eyes.”
-Kelsey Issel, Arts Director at The Midway Creative Complex on why she was compelled to bring the show to SF