San Francisco based silversmith, welder and neon artist Meryl Pataky will be joining our 'House Warming' this June at Athen B. Gallery in Downtown Oakland. A multidisciplinary artist, Pataky is inspired by materials which are either elemental or organic and are specifically chosen to represent organic life and its building blocks - the elements created in the universe. Every piece is bent by the artist herself; based on hand-drawn pattern, each bend of the glass heated separately in a fire from a specialty burner. In reaction to a current, the noble gases create light that emanates from within the tube.
Find out more about the process behind Pataky's crafts with this artist spotlight!
From the artist: Originally from South Florida, Meryl Pataky moved to San Francisco in 2002 to attend the Academy of Art University. She fell in love with the tactile nature of sculpture and pursued a BFA in the major. Meryl’s work consistently revolves around elements found on the periodic table. From silver and copper to neon, iron and carbon, Meryl creates a variety of abstract works that relate to her concept of universal connectedness. In doing so, Meryl combines technical expertise–from welding to glasswork to papermaking–with her own personal narrative, building complex pieces that invite the viewer to guess at what thoughts and experiences influenced her process.
Meryl will be showing some new work alongside :
Aubrey Learner - Brett Flanigan - Caleb Hahne - Cannon Dill - Dan Hampe - David Bray - Eric Bailey - ESK - Ian Johnson - Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada - Katherine Rutter - Lauren Napolitano - Lauren YS - Martina Merlini - Moneyless - Over Under - Rachel Mandala - Skewville - Spencer Keeton Cunningham - Troy Lovegates - Word To Mother - Zio Ziegler