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James Akers

Instructor

My name is James Akers, and I am an artist currently based in Brooklyn, New York where I work as a commercial neon bender and as a sculptor. I create dense, frenetically active sculptures that often incorporate neon and sound circuits. For me, neon provides the eye grabbing glow of a screen in a three dimensional, shapeable, sculptural, linear glow that it is actively used in advertising. I add various modified consumer electrical circuits to a sculpture to give that sculpture abilities, making the sculpture able to make noises, or play video, or scan an object, the possibilities go on and on. I received a BFA from Alfred University in 2015 and my work has been shown at places including the Corning Museum of Glass, Color Factory Houston, Peninsula Fine Arts Center in Virginia and Fuji Studios in Italy to name a few.

Artistically, I’m interested in themes of celebration, excess, mess, consumerism, bliss and rebel- lion. I find people doing things the “wrong way” can be exciting and make things more inter- esting. I love messes and marks that result from an action, or a series of actions and I employ the “show your work” philosophy when designing and assembling my work.

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