Type-Neon-steam-posterJoin us on August 5 during First Friday Art Walk or Saturday August 6 from 6-10 p.m. at the ideaXfactory to experience Russ RuBert’s “Neon Art MashUp.” Type on amplified vintage typewriters, paint with his Sonic Paintbrush and wave your hands above his amazing musical invention, a motion-sensitive multi-program LED keyboard to create music that lights up brilliant colors on the neon Harmonic Wall!

Visiting Drury University SIVA artist Felipe Castelblanco will also be exhibiting “Temporary Monuments,” an interactive installation using air and humity to ex plore invisible relationships between bodies and objects near and far. This participatory artwork can be inhabited, nurture and even consumed by the public, while video, light and sound help to create an immersive environment.

Several vintage typewriter stations will give you creative spaces to create your own zines, mail art, letters, postcards, and poems. We also have a special exhibit of the Congressional typewriter and other paper memorabilia of Missouri U.S. Representative Dewey Short.

You have two great opportunities to participate in these art installations. Ride the free Art Walk Shuttle provided by the Springfield Art Museum to the ideaXfactory during First Friday Walk on August 5 and join us again for more fun and creativity on Saturday, August 6!

Russ RuBert is a nationally know sculptor, alumnus of the Kansas City Art Institute, and founder of the ideaXfactory who now serves as its director. He’s known locally for creating the Kinetic Man and other interactive and technology-based public sculptures, and in 2007 was named Missouri Artist of the Year.

Felipe Castelblanco is an interdisciplinary artist, working at the intersection of socially engaged and new media art. Felipe holds an MFA from Carnegie Mellon University, and his work has been shown internationally, including the San Diego Museum of Art, FAD festival in Belo Horizonte Brazil, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London, UK among others. He is currently a Visiting Artist Fellow at Drury University’s Summer Institute of Visual Arts.

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