Remember the Borg from Star Trek? Wayne Strattman is the artist responsible for lighting up their ship with high-voltage plasma. He is the world’s most famous kinetic plasma glass artist, and on July 15th, he will have his first solo museum show.
About Wayne, engineer and artist:
Wayne Strattman has been manipulating glass, gases and electricity for more than 25 years. He has had over 4000 private commissions and has work in close to 1000 museums. Lighted glass is his passion, and he is personally responsible for pioneering many of the techniques now intrinsic to his medium. Strattman’s work picks up where Geissler, Crookes, and Tesla left off. With three degrees under his belt, a Ph.D. in Neon Arts, and having literally written the book on neon, Wayne goes where no man has gone before.
The show, called “Self: Illuminated” opens July 15th at the Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation in Waltham, MA, a town known for its innovations during the American Industrial Revolution. Wayne’s show fits right into the scientific development that continues today along the Boston 128 belt.
“Self: Illuminated” will feature a wide variety of innovative lighting techniques addressing topics inspired by human cognition, perception, and memory. There will be kinetic light sculptures, an interactive display, and a huge chess board that mimics the complexity of the human condition. There will be a thirty-four foot wall of his patented Luminglas, and sculptures illuminated with helium, argon, neon, krypton, and xenon gases as well as other chemical phosphors.
“Self: Illuminated” will place Wayne a monofilament away from shows at the Getty, LACMA, the ICA, MoMA. His work is beautiful, honest, original, and unlike anything else. The goal is that with YOUR HELP, Wayne will reach the recognition that he deserves for his life-long commitment to his science and craft. Please share his passion with your friends, and if it suits your home décor, consider: What would a plasma globe look like in your living room?
Where the money will go?
Thousands of hours and tens of thousands of Wayne’s own dollars have gone towards creating the pieces in this show. Your donations will reimburse a portion of his expenses, and also help him finish the show! Everything goes into the truck on July 1st for the opening on July 15th.
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