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Taming Lightning

Sep 11, 2017

In today’s podcast we’ll be talking with James Akers a Neon Sculptor and self-proclaimed Waver and Hacker Artist.

James is an artist, educator, and mad scientist who has a explosive approach to making. Graduating from Alfred University with a BFA in 2015, he is constantly thriving for change, and fascinated by waves of all kinds: sound, light, electricity, he is synthesizing a new mindset: The “Hacker Artist.” James Akers has shown his work internationally, been the recipient of public art commissions and has received numerous awards and grants for his practice. Up until his recent move to Arlington, Texas with his lady Ali Feeney who is pursuing her MFA at UTA, he was teaching neon at the Chrysler Museum of Art, and head processor at Riehl Deal Neon. Currently, pursuing new work and new possibilities in Neon and Plasma. Known for packaging ideas on art and life by creating a series of highly exhibitable electric sculptures.

We’ll look into his transition from ceramics, to glass, and by extension Neon, his unique approach to using neon tube bending with found objects and video installations, and defining what a waver and hacker artist is.

Image: Emoticon Hieroglyphs by James Akers', who will be one of our future guest on the podcast.


Intro Music: Boost by Jakim Karud


Outro Music: Re-Entry by Lapse


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Thank You for listening to the Taming Lightning Podcast. We have many more guest to come, with future guests returning to expand on questions, practices, and a variety of subjects. I’d like to thank Pittsburgh Glass Center for supporting me as well as encouraging me to pursue this project, and The Plasma Art Alliance, whom many of my guests are connected through. Keep an eye out for next summer’s classes at Pittsburgh Glass Center as we work to provide a space for learning neon and plasma. Also, I’d like to thank James for taking the time to be a guest on the podcast, especially in the midst of his travels, and seltting in at Arlington, Texax. I wish him the best in his job search, and excited for what he makes next!

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Thank you, 

Percy Echols II 
Sorcerer Apprentice  ⚡