Category: Neon

Los Angeles Subway Map – Neon

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This was the first neon piece I created, using a map of Los Angeles from the 1920s. The map was printed on metal, and the neon pieces intended to show real — and imagined — subway lines. It’s pretty neat to see up close, as the map has all sorts of neighborhoods I had never heard of before. Einstein Beach anyone?

You can see this at  my current show, which is at the Vape Supply Co. on 129 E. 6th St in downtown Los Angeles, until Sept. 6. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy or would be willing to host gallery space, shoot me a note at motoelvis@mac.com, Twitter@editordanevans, or just check out my Etsy page.

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SEPTA – Old Philadelphia Map with Neon

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This piece is inspired by my dad, who grew up in Philadelphia. The neon traces only a fraction of the many, many lines in the greater Philly area. The “241” at the top is the address of the home where he and my uncles grew up in Olney, a neighborhood in the northern part of the city.

You can see this at  my current show, which is at the Vape Supply Co. on 129 E. 6th St in downtown Los Angeles, until Sept. 6. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy or would be willing to host gallery space, shoot me a note at motoelvis@mac.com, Twitter@editordanevans, or just check out my Etsy page.

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Maith! An Irish-Mexican Lotería Card

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This is the last in the series of lotería-themed neon: an Irish-Mexican mash. To win a lotería game, you need to get four down, across or in a square. The card is normally four cards by four cards. (See the “El Faro Criminal” piece to get an idea.) When you win, you are supposed to yell out “Bueno!” In English, well, that means “Good!” In Irish Gaelic that translates into “Maith!” So there ya go.

You can see this at  my current show, which is at the Vape Supply Co. on 129 E. 6th St in downtown Los Angeles, until Sept. 6. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy or would be willing to host gallery space, shoot me a note at motoelvis@mac.com, Twitter@editordanevans, or just check out my Etsy page.

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Rosalita – In Neon

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I was inspired to make this piece by my wife, who is a huge Springsteen fan. Actually “fan” may not be a big enough word, “freak” might be more accurate. This is another loterîa piece, this one using “La Rosa.” Instead of playing off the sayings attached to each card, though, this time I played off a piece of The Boss’ song “Rosalita.” So, in Spanish, we have “Rosalita, jump a little lighter.” This piece makes me happy to look at, frankly.

You can see this at  my current show, which is at the Vape Supply Co. on 129 E. 6th St in downtown Los Angeles, until Sept. 6. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy or would be willing to host gallery space, shoot me a note at motoelvis@mac.com, Twitter @editordanevans, or just check out my Etsy page.

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Blanket of the Poor

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Another in the series of loterîa themed neon. As in some of the others, this is based on the saying related to the particular card. In this case, I used the sun, which has the saying “The blanket of the poor.” Seriously. Gotta love that poetry.

You can see this at  my current show, which is at the Vape Supply Co. on 129 E. 6th St in downtown Los Angeles, until Sept. 6. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy or would be willing to host gallery space, shoot me a note at motoelvis@mac.com, Twitter@editordanevans, or just check out my Etsy page

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El Faro Criminal

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This piece is one of a series of four I made based on Mexican loterîa cards. The game is played similarly to bingo, with images in place of the letters and numbers. Each card, though, has a saying that’s attached to it. The saying for “La Luna” is “the lamp of the lovers,” while the one for “La Mano” is “the hand of the criminal.” Put them together and you get “El Faro Criminal,” which means (more or less) “The lamp of the criminal.” Poetry, no?

You can see this at  my current show, which is at the Vape Supply Co. on 129 E. 6th St in downtown Los Angeles, until Sept. 6. If you’re interested in purchasing a copy or would be willing to host gallery space, shoot me a note at motoelvis@mac.com, Twitter @editordanevans, or just check out my Etsy page.

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Wall Street Neon

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This is one of the first pieces I made, back in February 2014 while taking Lili Latich’s class in the Arts District. It’s supposed to showcase the irony between Wall Street — the financial capital — and the stretch of pavement in Los Angeles that is in the heart of Skid Row. In this way, “shelters” can have multiple meanings, either as place where the poor and homeless sleep, or a tax dodge to keep the wealthy that way. The red, white and blue coloration are, well, perhaps obvious as well.

This piece is for sale. Click here for more information.

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