I spent the past weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, at the Biennial Neon & Light Exhibition, which is a national invitational exhibition of artists using light as an art medium (see how cleverly I copied that from the official poster). The boyfriend, aka JiMao, teaches neon art and lighting design at Chicago’s School of the Art Institute and has been a part of this exhibition for many years. It features both professional and student work, and this is the third time I’ve gone along for the ride to help set up his students’ projects. The event is coordinated by the head of the glass art department at the University of Wisconsin, who is retiring this year. That means the future of the event is unclear. So this may be the last time we’ll be able to go crazy with light art in a large dirt-floored building normally used for agricultural shows! I’ll try to keep the commentary to a minimum, but in a few cases it’s necessary in order to understand a particular art piece. Enjoy!
P.S.–I also took advantage of the fact that the Midwest Horse Fair was in full swing only a couple of miles away. Spent a few hours there and walked a few miles. Met Padré, the champion Mustang stallion I wrote about and did two portraits of a while back. Also caught up with the folks at Sons of the Wind Farm, where I spent a week at “dressage boot camp” in 2011. One way or another, just have to mix the horses with the art!