I HAVE A LOVE STORY TO TELL:

IT STARTED WHEN I WAS 6 YEARS OLD AND I MADE MY FIRST ARTWORK CONSTRUCTION

75 YEARS LATER, WITH 2000+ SCULPTURES MADE, AND ART IS STILL THE BEST THING IN MY LIFE


1940 – BORN AND RAISED IN LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, but that was not my fault.

1946 – I GOT REAL EXPERIENCE OF BEING AN ARTIST, ages 6 and 7

I made small plaster casts from molds of animals. After I painted them, I put them in a basket and walked around the neighbourhood, going door to door selling them, escorted by my older sister.

1951 – FIRST GROUP ART SHOW, age 11

1952 – FIRST ELECTRICAL CONSTRUCTIONS

At age 12, I made a desk lamp. At age 13, I made a crystal radio.

1958 – UPON ENTERING THE UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA, I CHANGED MY MAJOR FROM ENGINEERING TO ART

1964 – EARLY CONTEMPORARY “PUSH AND PULL OF SPACE” IN MY ART

I took some photography classes at the University of Nebraska. After graduation, I started working with high-contrast photographic black and clear transparencies, with multimedia and glass, creating what I called “Push and pull of space,”

1964 – EARLY “LIGHT AND SPACE” IN MY ART

Still in Nebraska, I may have been the first artist outside Los Angeles to use elements of “Light and Space” art, even before there was a named movement.

1964 – A RARE SPIRITUAL EXPERIENCE HAPPENED TO ME

The experience later became the driving force into my personal quest for spiritual and intellectual knowledge, becoming parallel to my personal life and artistic growth. To this day, I have an influence that gives me a desire to create art that evokes a blissful uplifting sensation.

1965 – MOVED TO LOS ANGELES TO PURSUE THE ARTS, age 25

Inspired by the infinity of open space joining with the vast horizon of the ocean.

1968 – ROCK & ROLL WITH MY STAGE LIGHTING

My first experiences with the art of electric light.

1969 – GOT A STRONG URGE TO TRAVEL OUTSIDE OF THE STATES, so I did

1971 – FIRST YEARS OF BEING A FULL-TIME ARTIST, age 31

Silver Lake district, Los Angeles, CA: I was not thrilled with my early body of work, so I committed to experiment to become more original and more interesting. I stopped looking at other art to avoid influences.

1973 – INFINITY IMAGES INSIDE REFLECTED YET CONTAINED SPACE + MYSTERIOUS ELECTRIC LIGHT + VIEWER INTERACTIVE MOVEMENT

Combined with technology, this became my unique and original artform. It was like I was lost, and then found my home.

1973 – MY EARLY CONTEMPORARY ART

I was an early artist to be related to “Art and Technology.” I was an early artist to use fluorescent, neon, and L.E.D. lighting to light my “light and space”elements. I was an early artist to incorporate viewer participation into my art. I was conceptual to incorporate a primordial push and pull of darkness and light and space, thus making infinity art.

1973 – MY LUCKY “LIGHT AND SPACE” ELEMENTS, A 10-YEAR COLLECTION

1) I experimented with “push and pull of space” since 1964; 2) invented an original artform in 1973, which is mysterious looking with complex precision constructions; 3) the artform is viewer interactive; 4) focused on the phenomena of light and space in art by using electric light, vacuum coated glass; 5) minimalism in geometric foundations and graphics; 6) used technology, and aerospace industries.  These elements are like my teachers, telling me their capabilities and limitations.  Then I am free to be at one with my materials and techniques.

I AM ALSO CONSIDERED A “TRANSITIONAL” ARTIST

The 1960s and 1970s technology in art was a powerful influence that helped to end the modern art movement and helped to start contemporary art.  The growth of the intellectual and technical side to making art was the most attractive to me.  But soon using the intellect led to conceptual thinking where any strange idea executed by an artist is also art; this then was the beginning of contemporary art, described as “cutting edge” in art.  Then the early contemporary art like mine became defined as transition art.

1975 – MY FIRST GROUP MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS

San Francisco city-wide Rainbow shows: I was in the “Legion of Honor Museum” and in the “de Young Museum” at the same time.

1976 – I MOVED MY STUDIO TO MALIBU, CA,

I wanted to get away from the congestion of the city, and I wanted to get closer to the infinity at the beach.

1964 TO 1978 – A GRAND COINCIDENCE

The Venice “Light and Space” movement remained unknown to me until 1978

1978 – I WAS ONE OF TWO FATHERS OF THE “DICHROISM” ART MOVEMENT

The most important aspect of my artistic growth came with my discovery of the California based aerospace industries that produced dichroic glass light filters. My good friend and window artist Murray Schwartz and I are the fathers of the international movement of dichroism in glass art, where hundreds of artists are now using dichroic glass in their artworks.

1984 – MOVED MY STUDIO TO VENICE, CA

1989 – MOVED MY STUDIO TO TOPANGA, CA

1995 – MOVED BACK TO LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, age 55

I got to experience my mother’s final years.

1998 – SOLO MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS BEGIN

From my mother’s suggestion, I started making “show and tell” road trips while based back in Nebraska. Traveling east of the Rockies, I presented to about 150 curators who would let me show them my work; 1997 to 2007.

2009 to 2016 – AFTER MAKING MORE THAN 2000 LIGHT SCULPTURES, I TOOK SOME TIME OFF FROM ART

2016 – BACK AGAIN MAKING ART, age 76

2017 – MOVED BACK TO CALIFORNIA

I bought a cabin in the Pine Mountains, 2-hour drive north of LA.

2019 – STILL EXPERIMENTING WITH MY ARTFORM

I am planning to make a new genre of viewer participation art that I am calling “Walk-Through” light sculpture.  Stay tuned and see the first one in 2020.

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