Hello Lightning Tamers!
Free artist talk and presentation, followed by a Q&A moderated by Ani Mnatsakanyan, Curator of Engagement and Education at MONA.
For David Otis Johnson, neon is the ideal medium to explore the mixing of light material and form. His use of steel, mirror, and concrete alters the experience and behavior of light while his work plays with the experience of space, light, and color through the use of geometric forms. He often uses symmetry, opacity and line blurring between the two-dimensional and sculptural form. In 2002, Johnson began incorporating neon into his artworks when he learned how to bend glass at the Hollywood School of Neon in Florida. While there, the glass blowing and chemical processes that enabled the material to illuminate captivated Johnston. His work is informed by his years of experience working for sign companies and conceptual and aesthetic approaches honed during his time as an MFA at the San Francisco Art Institute.
Welcome to Taming Lightning, I'm Percy Echols II. I'm the creator and host of Taming Lightning, as well as the emerging plasma tech at Pittsburgh Glass Center, where I'm researching and developing a space to explore Plasma and Neon Light as an Artist Medium.