I’ve been hiding a little secret but now I’m proud to finally announce the debut of Gallery Hijinks, a space for new and emerging artists! Stemming from artistic backgrounds, working in numerous galleries, and curating art for both private and commercial spaces, my business partners and I decided to venture out on our own and create a space completely unique and genuine. We are excited to have this opportunity to build our own roster of emerging talent. Although our doors are not yet open to the public, we’ve installed three neon sculptures that light up the new space and shine through the front windows.
How we perceive ourselves and the world around us is described by the adjectives we use. Whether something is beautiful, ugly, yellow, green, small or tall, we use these words to create meaning in our lives. Meryl Pataky, an artist who works with mostly metals, dear hide and neon lighting, has translated this very philosophy of using words as an expression of her artistic nature. Her work combines certain resources and visual languages that might not often be seen together in a traditional setting.
"My work relies heavily on personal narrative. I tend to base my work on the experiences in my life that shape me into who I am. These experiences are what I relate to most intimately and, in turn, allow me to confidently make the appropriate decisions about my work, its concepts and materials. We are all molds that are filled with different substances. These are a delicate blend of our paths, experiences, beliefs and interactions that form our being. As a result, we are all different casts – we are all made of different material." - Meryl Pataky