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By Penny Perkins
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NEON ICONS: Vintage, Commercial Neon Road Signs

From the start, you know that this project is a good investment. That's because I've already been scheduled for a solo exhibition—my first solo show!—for the photographs related to this Kickstarter project, i.e., my NEON ICONS series. The venue is the Adirondack Lakes Center for the Arts in Blue Mountain Lake, in the heart of the beautiful Adirondacks in upstate New York.

The reception for the show is on Friday, May 4, 2012 from 5:00–6:00 PM. The listing for the show is on the exhibitions page of the Arts Center’s web site.

I am raising money to help defray the costs of producing and mounting this show:

  • the printing and framing of the 15 large-scale photographs in the show (sizes include 10x20, 16x24, 20x30);
  • the publication of two catalogs for the show (one larger hardcover and one smaller softcover;
  • special business cards that have the images from the exhibition showcased on the back;
  • a postcard announcing the show and the reception;
  • and gas money to get me to and from the Arts Center for the hanging of the show and the reception (the Arts Center is more than two hours away from my home in Albany, in one direction, and at two round-trip journeys that is more than $200 in gas alone).

You should also know that one of the major arts organizations in the state—the New York Foundation for the Arts—has also promised support for this exhibition by providing me with a “Strategic Opportunity Stipend,” a small grant (less than $250) to help defray some of the costs of producing the exhibition. (I had to apply and be awarded that stipend from a juried application process.)


Finally, you might be comforted to know that NYFA is giving me support for my photographic work in general: I have recently been named as a 2012 NYFA MARK participant, where I will receive professional development training for expanding my career as an artist. There’s no money associated with the designation, but it was a competitive juried process and I’ll benefit from the training and additional opportunities to exhibit my work.

So....here’s your chance to help an emerging, but track-record proven, photographer stage her first solo exhibition (consisting of bright, colorful close-up and blown-up images of vintage, commercial neon signs). Every donation gets something—even one dollar! And every single donor will be listed as a sponsor on my exhibition Web page.

You can’t really go wrong with this project—it’s guaranteed to happen, and by assisting with the production costs you could receive (depending on the amount of your support) a copy of the exhibition catalog or one of the signed limited-edition prints from the show, or other cool rewards.

Of course, you’ll also receive my eternal gratitude (but that goes without saying). Thanks for considering supporting this project!

Finally, to get a better sense of the exhibition, here is the Artist Statement:

Artist Statement: NEON ICON Series

I am captivated by old signs—particularly vintage, commercial neon road signs from the 40s and 50s—objects now largely ignored as decaying eye-sores from another era.

In their original context, these analog advertisements were meant to be looked at from passing cars for the pedestrian purpose of promotion (“sleep here,” “eat here”).

But by forcing viewers to literally look at the signs from new perspectives—and in a gallery or museum setting—my work transforms these giant 3D sculptures from mundane relics of consumerism into intimate, two-dimensional abstract images.

To accomplish this, I truncate the images with close-ups and stark angles, highlighting vibrant colors and fragments of text, steel, and glass. I particularly focus on examples of dilapidation (e.g., rust, pealing paint, broken glass) to highlight the savagery of time passing and to undermine any impulse toward nostalgia.

I present these vernacular artifacts as visual time capsules: suspended in space, leftovers in typography and iconography, important reminders of a post-war society whose mobility was made possible by electricity and oil.

My goal: to unveil the stark beauty of these decaying neon signs and highlight them as rich repositories of cultural, historic, and artistic meaning.

My philosophy: “It is the familiar that usually eludes us in life. What is before our nose is what we see last.” This quote by William Barrett is a succinct expression of what I attempt to unveil in my art: to make the unseen, seen; to make the unnoticed, noticed.

Image from the exhibition:

Selected images in the exhibition:

Printer's proof of the 13x10 hardcover catalog for the exhibition:

Rewards:

$5 REWARD: MINI ART CARDS

$10 REWARD:  LUXE ART CARDS

$25 REWARD: 8x6 SOFTCOVER CATALOG

$75 REWARD: METAL PRINT OF IMAGE FROM SHOW

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    ***ONE REWARD: Every positive thought counts. Every dollar adds up. You get Karma Points for your good deed of helping an artist realize her vision. Thank you! ***WEB REWARD: And you also get listed as an underwriter on the exhibition Web site.

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    ***ONE REWARD: You also get Karma Points for your good deed of helping an artist realize her vision. ***SECOND REWARD: And you also get one AUTOGRAPHED mini art card (approximately 1" x 3") with an image of the show on it. (See samples below.) This is a beautiful and unique memento from NEON ICONS...and very affordable! ***WEB REWARD: And you get listed as an underwriter on the exhibition Web site.

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    ***ONE REWARD: You get an AUTOGRAPHED 5x7 metal print of one of the images featured in the exhibition. (These are really cool looking, and are awesome pieces of art to collect and give as unique gifts.) SEE SAMPLE BELOW. (Add $5 for international shipping.) ***WEB REWARD: And you get listed as an underwriter on the exhibition Web site.

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