The Real Thing: A Blacklight Exhibition An Homage to the Blacklight Artwork of William Walmsley,
The exhibition title is based on two blacklight lithographs, produced in 1987 by William Walmsley, which are housed in the permanent collection of the FSU Museum of Fine Arts. Maps with text become the vehicle for expression in both images, humorously named Ding Dong Daddy The Real Thing. Walmsley created his “Ding Dong Daddy” alter-ego in the 1960s and continued to print with this persona in mind until he died in 2003. Walmsley, who taught at FSU, pioneered the use of florescent inks in printmaking for use with blacklight.
This blacklight art installation, an exhibition within the Artists’ League Summer Annual Show at the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts, consists of current work by artists in the Blacklight Guild, an offshoot of the League. The Real Thing includes works by five artists: the work of Perdita Ross focuses on world peace and contemplation; Joan Matey\'s mobile from the cosmos conveys the search for a soul mate and a sense of interconnectedness; Jeff Zenick presents circular optical patterns and archetypal symbols of past and present; Barbara Psimas offers paintings of spirituality; and Joyce Edwards celebrates floral beauty.
The Museum of Fine Arts hosts opening reception from 6 to 8 pm on Friday, June 23 to enjoy the blacklight installation, which also features an interactive performance, and don Chromadepth glasses to experience the work three-dimensionally.
For more information, call 850-524-9972 or go to http://www.tallahasseearts.org/event/the-artists-league-summer-annual-the-real-thing-a-blacklight-exhibition/.