Monday, November 18, 2013
Durham’s dazzling light display 'Lumiere' returned to the city last night for a weekend of lasers, colourful projections and neon artworks
The third festival transformed the northern city into a magical wonderland with more than 25 conceptual light installations from around the world dotted around the market place, river and streets.
FILE - In this July 3, 2013 file photo, Playboy Marfa, a new art installation depicting the iconic Playbory bunny logo and a classic 1970's muscle car on a tilted platform, is shown along U.S. 90 about a mile West of Marfa, Texas. The neon bunny that’s part of the “Playboy Marfa” sculpture by New York contemporary artist Richard Phillips will be dismantled and moved from the roadside on U.S. 90 to the Dallas Contemporary museum near the city’s downtown read more...
Thursday, November 14, 2013
Mayor Ken Tedford Jr. vaguely remembers the first years of the Lariat Motel, which once stood where today’s Maverick serves customers.
It was altogether fitting that the city’s top elected official turned on the switch Thursday to light the neon signs of the motel to signal the beginning of Fallon’s events to honor Nevada’s year-long celebration of its sesquicentennial.
Ray and Dee Dee Ferguson donated the sign to the Churchill Arts Council in 2005. The sign was perched on two poles at the Arts Council where the re-lighting ceremony occurred.
“The 150th celebrations starts right now and also on Nevada’s real birthday,” said Tedford, who described himself as a traditionalist for honoring the state’s birthday on the official day. “This sign is iconic. People who traveled through Fallon would remember the sign and the rope that the cowboy lassoed around the motel sign.”
Valerie Serpa, executive director of the Arts Council, said when the motel and its land were sold, she said the Fergusons wanted to ensure the sign did not go away. Volunteers placed the sign on a truck and hauled it to one of the hangars at the Fallon Municipal Airport for storage. Over the years, Serpa said it cost $16,000 to restore the sign.
“It has the original neon,” Serpa said minutes after the re-lighting. “It is really unusual for a sign to have the original tubing.” Read more...
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Already it has been requested to extend the show for another two weeks. The response has been fantastic with request for the show to tour other citys .
Thank you to all that made this happen .
Tuesday, November 05, 2013
Around Silver Lake, Los Feliz and Echo Park are fine examples of vintage neon signs, once the street side calling card of choice. Today these pieces of cultural history are more valued than ever and efforts are made to preserve the finest creations.
“Neon is hand-crafted and what is hand-crafted in our world today?” said Kim Koga, director of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA), which will open in Glendale in mid-2015.
As Los Angeles’ development extended to the suburbs, much of the historic core and downtown’s vintage neon remained.
Koga points to the House of Spirits’ sign on Echo Park Avenue as a “treasure,” and admires the Jensen’s Recreation Center sign on Sunset Blvd. Neon was a popular medium inside too and vintage neon clocks are a favorite of collectors.
“It’s the most commercial rated lighting,” said neon artist and restorer Curtis Stimpson of Curtis Clocks in Burbank.
At one time, there were four neon clockmakers in Los Angeles.
“Every business, store and restaurant had a clock and there were courtesy clocks everywhere,” said Stimpson. “Neon light is so smooth, warm and inviting and it can fill an area like no other light.”
A standout neon clock can be found at Thomas Rug Cleaning and Ararat Oriental Rug on Riverside Drive.
Harry Torkomian, partner along with his father, commissioned Curtis Clocks to restore their neon clock, which had been painted over.
It “has a beauty to it and is very eye-catching,” said Torkomian. When MONA’s new building opens Los Angeles will once again have a venue where neon art can be appreciated. Meanwhile, its collection can be viewed in Montclair during the monthly Pomona Art Walk, every second Saturday. A holiday open-air neon cruise bus tour, which includes Los Feliz and Sunset Boulevard, is set for Sat. Dec. 21st.
[The signs are] just ideas and concepts I have. They are executed thoughts and observations in the visual form, some from my conscious some from my subconscious. My art represents the Los Angeles landscape and the people in it.
Known for his ironic neon signage, Los Angeles artist Patrick Martinez recently showcased some works in an unlikely location. Amid aisles of prepackaged food, beer, and lotto ticket machines at the El Tapatio Market in Bell Gardens, California, hung signs such as ‘Thugs Need Hugs Daily,’ blending in (at least on first glance) seamlessly with the store. The ‘lowbrow’ setting serves to inspire other creators to consider art outside the gallery by juxtaposing it with the everyday.
But despite the signs’ wit and pop cultural relevancy, Martinez says they don’t convey any sort of social agenda. In a 2012 interview with La Taco, he explained: Read more...