— About the Show —
Inspired after a visit to the American Sign Museum, Katrina Dienno created artwork based on the museum’s neon signs that especially moved her. With these pieces, she created fun, bright, colorful paintings that represented the museum, but added her own spin on signage.
Painting in a flat, 2d style using bright colorful paints and other media has been her passion. To emphasize the joy of these signs, she added other elements to the paint, such as sequins and glitter.
Katrina’s inspiration for the paintings stems from three main sources. The first, and most obvious, is the signs and how they are displayed. The second is her love of comic books. Their flat-art style, their bright colors, and their ability to capture motion in a 2D medium coincided with her concept for the show. And third is the works of both Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein.
Katrina said, “Their work in pop-art, advertising, and commercial art really, in my mind, connected well with the world of signs.”
As in her previous work, she has found that basic, flat images can convey significant detail and information like realistic pieces, but with more expression and emotion.
“Frankly though, the goal of the work here is to leave people as happy and inspired as I was when I first walked into the Museum,” she continued… “Making bright, happy paintings, which make me and others happy, is really what I was striving for in these paintings.”
Other upcoming events on the schedule include A Summer Concert Series and A Night of Team Trivia in the Fall. Stay tuned for more information. To pre-register and purchase tickets on-line, check out americansignmuseum.org. More details will be provided as the dates approach.
— About The American Sign Museum —
Signage reflects the history, technology, commerce and culture of our communities. To tell the stories of signs and the sign industry, Tod Swormstedt, former editor and publisher of Signs of the Times magazine, founded the National Signs of the Times Museum collection in 1999 as his self-proclaimed, mid-life crisis project. With a mission to educate the community about the history of the sign industry and its significant contribution to commerce and the American landscape, the Museum was organized to preserve, archive and display a historical collection of signs in their many types and forms.
The renamed American Sign Museum opened its doors to the public in Spring 2005 in a temporary home at the Essex Studios (Cincinnati). With the collection quickly outgrowing its rented space, Tod searched for a larger location that could facilitate a more interactive visitor experience. ASM unveiled its permanent home on June 23, 2012, in a former clothing factory in Camp Washington, just northwest of downtown Cincinnati. The renovated building features 19,000+ square feet of exhibit space (with another 20,000 waiting for development), 28-foot ceilings able to accommodate sizable outdoor signs, a working neon shop, flexible event space, and an extensive archive of books, photos and documents that reflect the art, craft and history of signmaking.
For more information about the American Sign Museum, please visit americansignmuseum.org.
The American Sign Museum is a 501 © (3) not-for-profit corporation.