Neon/Nature and the New Currency was an art and music show that explored the apparent dichotomy between organic and neon, natural and florescent. Thanks to all artists and the Box Factory and all who attended the fiesta!
:::Neon colors are experiencing a surge of popularity in fashion, art, and pop culture. The brightness of things like hipster sunglass frames stand out because of how artificial and unnatural they seem. However, the fact is that neon is an abundant element in the universe- the fifth most common element, number 10 on the periodic table, present in the air we breathe. It isn’t too common on Earth (only about 18 parts per million are found in air) but the fact remains that Neon is Nature.
Neon (from the Greek neos, or “new”), in it’s natural state, is an invisible gas. A tube of it glowed for the first time in 1902, brought to life by the French inventor Georges Claude. What it took to make neon glow was human ingenuity and experimentation. In the early days of neon lighting, its brilliant orange illumination gained it the nickname “liquid fire”, and neon signage proliferated throughout the US in the 20s and 30s. It was, at that time, symbolic of America’s inventiveness and creativity.
And that is precisely what the “New Currency” is: inventiveness and creativity. You. Taking something invisible, something rare, something previously unknown, and making it glow brilliantly. Rather than worshiping the all-mighty dollar, Artlarking invites you to share what your true currency is. What you value. What inspires you and glows for you. Money doesn’t grow on trees, but ideas and creation blossom like flowers do- from nothing to something beautiful.
Be neon. Be bright. Be natural. Neon is Nature is the New Currency.
The lineup was:
- 6-6:45 Seabright (electronic/surf/pop)
- 7-7:45 Fear Not Radio, featuring Cartoon Justice (experimental musical rendition of Jennifer Harris’ Fear Not Project)
- 8-8:45 Anna Ash (romantic country/soul)
- 9-9:45 Uncle Rebel (folk/rock)
Visual Art: Money Tree Installation by architect Richard Parker, Digital Drawing Video by Shantell Martin, Visual Art by Hailey Gaiser, Kristin Farr, Kristen Reike, Michelle Chandra, Cole Willsea, and Jon Soat.