As part of the monthly Downtown Art Walk event, a reception will be held
on Thursday, March 14th from 6-8 pm in the gallery of the Fine Arts Building at 811 W. 7th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Join us for Live Jazz by Granville "Danny" Young, and tasty flavors from a local Brazilian favorite, Wood Spoon. The artists will be in attendance.
The self-guided public art phenomenon known as the Downtown Art Walk brings thousands of art lovers and community members to an ever-evolving Downtown Los Angeles. With exciting and unique offerings around every corner, Downtown celebrates the arts on the 2nd Thursday of each month in the galleries, artist studios, and cultural institutions of the Historic Core, including the Fine Arts Building. More info at www.DowntownArtWalk.org
Art + Science + Craft V Neon Art by Michael Flechtner & Linda Sue Price
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 14th 6-8pm (Downtown Art Walk)
The Fine Arts Building - a historic cultural monument
811 W. 7th Street, Los Angeles, CA, 90017
Gallery Hours: 8am-8pm daily
Art Meets Architecture
Art + Science + Craft V: Neon at the Fine Arts Building
The work of the artists, Michael Flechtner and Linda Sue Price,
demonstrates the use of neon tubes as an expressive artistic medium and their different approaches to neon show two compelling and original viewpoints.
Since its beginnings in the 1920's, neon has primarily been used as attention grabbing signage and architectural lighting. Michael and Linda have undertaken learning the time- and labor-intensive craft of fabricating their own neon tubes. Luminous tube (neon) fabrication is a discipline that requires years of practice. Their work challenges the limited viewpoint that neon is only for signage in a very informed manner. They both recognize the beauty of the glowing colored light and carefully manipulate the medium in traditional and non-traditional ways to express two very personal takes on the world they see around them.
Using familiar imagery, symbols and words, Michael Flechtner creates art that serve as a framework for the viewer to see a new way to codify the world around us. Linda Sue Price uses abstract shapes, texture, specialty transformers to create work that is joyful, playful and vibrant.
Flechtner and Price are Advisory Board Members of the Museum of Neon Art (MONA). Founded in 1981, MONA is the only museum devoted exclusively to art in electric media, exhibiting electric and kinetic fine art, and outstanding examples of historic neon signs, for over three decades.
MONA's 10,000 square-foot museum space in Glendale opened in November 2015. It serves as the anchor for Glendale's Cultural Arts District. Located directly across from the Americana at Brand, the building, designed by the Shimoda Design Group, is a visual landmark with its luminous glass “light box” and soaring iconic diver sign perched atop it.
MONA's award-winning Neon Cruise™, tours the neon jungle of Los Angeles from June through September. Knowledgeable and entertaining guides share the history of luminous light in Los Angeles. Book online at www.neonmona.org or call (818) 696.2149.