Sunday, December 10, 2006

If this isn't contemporary art, what is?

I took this photo in April 2004 at the Outdoor Neon and Light Exhibition in the UW Stock Pavilion. I wish I could tell you who created this lovely work, but I was too entranced to take notes (and, of course, it was dark). I still flash back on memories of the show. You can see more examples at Lisa Koch's website here.

It strikes me as ironic that in the very year our city proudly opened a shiny new Madison Museum of Contemporary Art in the Overture Center (known in some quarters as the condo magnet) the biennial light show was not held due to lack of funds. If this is not contemporary art, what is? If you have a few spare bucks to help bring it back, I'm sure the UW Glass Lab would love to hear from you.

2 comments:

platypus said...

Hi! I came across this page while searching the web, trying to find out what the current status of the Neon and Light show is. I was there in 2004 (and a few times prior, when I was in school there), but the Glass Lab's website is very out of date. Do you know if there's been a show since 2004 -- or what the future might be?

Madison Guy said...

As far as I know, the 2004 show, where I took this photo, was the last one. There wasn't any in 2006 -- and I haven't heard of any since. What a shame.