Black Light Black Night

photo courtesy of Mark Green Dre Lopez, Sammy Lopez, Nathan Fiveash, and Lindsay Wiggin’s  Alice in Wonderland, mixed media painting shot under black light, 2011. photo by Mark Green

Anastasia’s Gallery last Thursday had an art show titled Black Light, Black Night as part of October’s first Thursdays on Main street in Columbia. It was totally different from any art show that I have been a part of before and was honored to work on a collaborative piece with Dre Lopez, Sammy Lopez, and Nathan Fiveash. I also had two additional pieces in the show, but was hesitant in the beginning about working with such a different medium.  It was fun experimenting with paints under both the black light and incandescent light.  The collaborative piece was a nice departure from working solo and something I look forward to doing more of.  Dre, Sammy, and Nathan are all artists whom I  highly respect. We all work with vastly different styles which yielded some interesting results.

Black Light, Black Night was an ultraviolet art experience where everyone and everything was completely immersed in black light. The windows of the gallery were blacked out, and the gallery was completely transformed into a sea of black light illuminated with a combination of paintings, sculpture, mixed media and photography that are all black light reflective.  Black Light artists included Amy Alley, Bohumila Augustinova, Jennifer Baxley, Michael Bolin, Anastasia Chernoff, Corey Rocbottom Davis, Scott Denis, Nathan Fiveash, Robin Gadient, Kara Gunter, Jonathan Inkley, Cade Kaufmann, Paul Kaufmann, Michael Krajewski, Amanda Ladymon, Whitney LeJeune, Dre Lopez, Sammy Lopez, Lauren Maurer, Lucas Sams, Jason Stroud, Joseph Tolbert, Lindsay Wiggins and Roe Young. It turned out to be a lot of fun and there was a lot of interesting art! My hope is for “Black Light, Black Night” to  become an annual event that will grow bigger every year!

My little dog Smooch wanted to collaborate on the painting as well and even made it to Jasper Magazine’s blog!