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Mixed media artist Meryl Pataky has a refreshing take on the world that comes out in her art. With a focus on neon sculptures, she works primarily in a medium that is undeveloped compared to traditional mediums. Some works are strictly neon sculptures while others combine natural elements such as wood, quartz or even handmade paper. This juxtaposition of rough tactile pieces with the bright neon makes a stunning visual impact and reminds the viewer that while humans have molded the world to suit their needs, everything originates from nature.

Since neon signs can be found in many business establishments, neon artists find themselves fighting against the label of “sign maker” and have to work hard to be seen as fine artists. Pataky manages to find a balance of craftsman and artist in her work. Some of her text pieces might fit the sign maker stereotype while others leave no doubt that they are fine art creations. Meryl flip-flops from the downright scientific to the cheekily whimsical yet her essence is present in everything she does. With phrases like “in the swing of things” and “so it goes”, or the actual periodic table symbols for the elements in glowing neon her pieces are always a reflection of her.

Meryl’s new works, Headlands and Harmoniums, are on view through July 1 at Athen B. Gallery in Oakland, California for their One Year Anniversary and will be shown later this year with Stephanie Chefas Projects in Portland, Oregon for a solo exhibition, opening October 14.

Neon Sculptor Meryl Pataky

The Sun – ink on deer hide, helium neon

Neon Sculptor Meryl Pataky

So It Goes – neon (krypton gas)

Meryl Pataky Neon Sculptor

Headlands – neon, mushrooms, silver and crystal

Meryl Pataky Neon Sculptor

Headlands (detail) – neon, mushrooms, silver and crystal

Meryl Pataky Neon Sculptor

Harmoniums – horse hair and neon glass

Meryl Pataky Neon Sculptor

Harmoniums (full view) – horse hair and neon glas

Meryl Pataky Neon Sculptor

The Swing of Things – neon (argon gas and mercury)

Neon Sculptor Meryl Pataky

The Ace of Swords – helium neon, live succulents and moss with a steel frame

Meryl Pataky Neon Sculptor

Bulking Block No. 2 – helium neon and silk roses on wood panel

Meryl Pataky Neon Sculptor

The Bridge – neon installation with 30 neon tubes

Meryl Pataky Neon Sculptor

Inspired By… – living wall and neon, collaboration with David Brenner, Habitat Horticulture

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