Hello Lightning Tamer!
Free artist talk and presentation, followed by a Q&A moderated by Ani Mnatsakanyan, Curator of Engagement and Education at MONA.
Robert Haus's passion for neon goes back to his childhood days when he built Tesla coils, collected antique electrical and mechanical items—and practically grew up in surplus stores that offered all manner of parts and artifacts to work with and learn from. Like many neon tube benders, he spent several years in the sign industry but also pursued experimental and some artistic uses for the medium.
While more recently employed in other lines of work, neon has continued to play a large role in his activities. Today he combines his love of neon with his background in antique restoration and documentation. He enjoys researching, collecting, and restoring vintage neon shop equipment and tools, creating unique art and experimental pieces that draw on his wide technical background, and doing some writing on the subject. One avenue of enjoyment that grew out of his appreciation for being able (and allowed) to indulge his scientific curiosity over the years is the act of passing on the knowledge gained, teaching others about neon and other vintage technologies and their history. As a result, Haus has often made himself available to assist others in dealing with the inevitable questions and puzzles that arise in their neon pursuits.
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.