Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Sue Price.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I worked in video production for many years. As part of that job, I created motion graphic titles for the videos. In 2004, I took a class at the Museum of Neon Art on making neon sculpture. I found working with neon appealing because of the similarities to television–the luminous light, animation and color palette.
Traditionally neon tubes are heated and then bent to a pattern on a workbench. I bend free form which means after the tube is heated, I come out of the fire and bend in the air. I like the freedom of expression in bending this way and the shapes I can create.
I have been looking at and admiring neon since I was a child living and traveling through the western states. The intense colors and glow of the motel and business signs appealed to me, and I thought they were beautiful. A visit to Las Vegas was always special because of the extensive use of neon all over the buildings.
One of my favorite was a palm tree in front of one of the casinos.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I was fortunate to have met and studied with Michael Flechtner–a fabulous tube bender and teacher. Tube bending didn’t come easily to me. I struggled with overheating, under heating and twisting the tubes rather than bending them. When you twist a tube, it kinks. When you under heat its kinks. When you overheat, the tube gets stretched. Every time this happens, the tube is toast, so you have to start over.
For me, it has been a long, slow road. I am still learning and practicing the craft. I practice bending to the pattern because it teaches me to control but what I enjoy is free-form bending. On good days, it is like having a conversation with a best friend. On bad days, there’s no flow.
We’d love to hear more about what you do.
I am known for my abstract shapes–the jubilant curves and twists that feel organic; and that each tube is unique.
My work is mixed media in that I often add other elements in the foreground and background that play with the cast light. I frequently use a specialty transformer that manipulates the gas inside the tube so that it appears to be moving beads of gas.
I started regularly exhibiting in 2010 when I was curated in to my first juried show. Since then, I’ve shown in 80+ group and solo exhibits. Coming up I will be in a group show of neon artists at the Transmission Gallery in Oakland and in a two-person show at the Fine Arts Building in Los Angeles.
Currently, I am included in the Kinetic Energy exhibit at the Museum of Neon Art in Glendale.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Michael Flechtner was my instructor and mentor. He is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had. He was so very patient with my struggles and intuitive about teaching me what I needed and when so that I didn’t get overwhelmed.
- Website: www.lindasueprice.com
- Email: email@example.com
- Instagram: lindasueprice
- Facebook: lindasueprice.artist
- Twitter: @LindaSPriceArt
Personal photo: Erin Stone