Neon artist Meryl Pataky never ceases to amaze. She’s the real deal. I collaborated with her last year for a print series called “Neon Forest” where we trekked into the San Francisco woods and set up her neon in the rain for a few snaps of the camera. It was a serious day of mishaps; imagine a generator, fog machine, neon and rain. This year her work is a bit dryer, with a solo exhibit called “The Golden Hour,” dedicated to the elemental life force and power of the sun. Opening tomorrow night at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco, this new series of work solidifies Meryl’s stance in the neon art world.
“Pataky’s latest exhibition is more of an exploration into the cosmos than ever before. The first to be created by atomic fusion within a star, Helium is the element of choice and can be seen as the warm peach color illuminated within the neon tubing of the central works. From Helium, a long list of elements are created by the same process, eventually producing heavier elements such as iron, carbon, and oxygen. Pataky displays the use of iron in her steel framing, carbon in deer hide works and wood framing, and oxygen in a composition of succulents. Additionally, three Periodic Elements in neon: Gold (Au), Silver (Ag) and Copper (Cu) can be seen in The Golden Hour. These three precious metals are elements that are only created during supernovae explosions, lending themselves perfectly to Pataky’s cosmic theme.”
Join Meryl for “The Golden Hour” from 7-10 p.m. at The Shooting Gallery in SF, as well as artists Mark Warren Jacques, KEFE which is artist duo Kelly Tunstall and Ferris Plock and Calligraffiti artist Niels Shoe Muelman.