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.
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.
In true Midway fashion, NIGHT FISHING will be an interdisciplinary event engaging multiple senses. Dine within the vivid dreamscapes and alongside the colorful characters painted by artist-in-resident, Isis Hockenos. Delight in food inspired by Isis’ upbringing in West Marin and prepared by The Midway Culinary team at Madame Zola’s. Be privy to happenings bringing to life reoccurring themes in Isis’ paintings while sipping a glass of wine in the company of good people.
Neon light artist and curator, Meryl Pataky, discusses the neon industry, misconceptions of the medium, and what motivated her to curate the women-in-neon show SHE BENDS, hailed as “revolutionary” by JUXTAPOZ.
From captivating abstracts to quirky soft sculptures and unreal photography, BOW has something for the art lover in your life. Come check us out before January 15, 2018!