3D blacklight wonderland coming to Winston-Salem
By: Terry Rader
Los Angeles artist Debi Cable is bringing her 3D Blacklight Experience to the Alamance Repertory Theatre Company (formerly The Garage music venue) in downtown Winston-Salem from April 4-14.
“Beyond the Looking Glass” is an immersive art experience for kids and adults of all ages. Spectators will put on small 3D paper glasses and experience Cable’s wild imagination vividly expressed through an architectural environment of hand-painted, fluorescent murals that take visitors down a 21st Century rabbit hole of fun designed to engage all of the senses.
Cable said that she first got the idea to create with fluorescent paint from busting glow sticks open at a Renaissance Fair. This led to a 36-hour paint-a-thon where people were invited to paint a white wall. When a friend introduced her to 3D glasses after seeing her fluorescent art bathroom under black lights, Cable said they became a part of every installation.
Cable’s 3D Black Light Experience installations continue to evolve and grow in size and are featured nationally at music and art festivals including the Lancaster Museum, Beverly Hills Art Show, Lightning in a Bottle, Electric Daisy Carnival and more. Cable is known for her designs at luxury hotels and resorts including the Venetian Hotel and Heart of the Paris Hotel, where one of her favorite projects, a 32-foot radial design covers the ceiling of the elevator. Her other love is in arts promotion, and she is known as the Burning Man regional arts director of Los Angeles. She produced one of the last parties at The Playboy Mansion and was a resident of the world famous DTLA Brewery Art Colony.
The exhibition in North Carolina came about through an anonymous social media post that sent her to get in touch with Gabriel Higgins, VR/AR creative specialist at Looking Glass Virtual Reality Studio located in Winston-Salem. Higgins works with his partner, John McBride, to create “amazing things” said Keets Taylor, sole proprietor of the Winston-Salem-based Tromploy, the presenter of the event.
Taylor said “Beyond the Looking Glass” is going to be Tromploy’s “coming out party” as an inclusive arts enterprise promoting immersive and unconventional experiences. Tromploy is growing into year-round entertainment for traditional arts, pop culture and emerging technologies. Its mission statement is “to encourage fun and community while inspiring innovation and rewarding creativity.”
“People are tired of watching,” Taylor said. “They want to participate, and it’s fun because they become part of the art and it involves all of the senses.”
She invites guests to come dressed in bright, neon colors with white gloves and white shoes, and experience “participation art.”
“Photos just do not do it justice,” Cable said. “When you walk into the installation, you will be completely unplugged from your reality and plugged into mine! It is so wonderful to see how it affects kids and adults.”
Cable said she has struggled to keep the installations going, but she continues because of what it does for others. Cable said she has big goals to make the world a prettier place with any dark wall that can be lit up and changed.
Newly designed “Beyond the Looking Glass” T-shirts are being introduced at the installation with a limited number for sale. This will also be Cable’s first trip to North Carolina, and she is looking forward to being the Triad’s “social hostage for 11 days.” She will talk at a “Behind the Scenes Luncheon” ($35 for ages 18 and up) at Sawtooth School for Visual Arts on April 5 from 11-1 p.m.
“I’m excited that Sawtooth is able to work with Debi Cable on a behind the scenes lunch,” said Jessica Tefft, the director of digital arts and interim director of photography. “Cable’s work pushes the boundaries of art and makes us realize that art can exist outside of a frame.”
TERRY RADER is a freelance writer, storyteller, poet, singer/songwriter, wellness herbalist and owner, Paws n’ Peace o’ Mind cat/dog/house sitting.
April 4-14, April 4, noon – 9 p.m. (close 4 p.m. on Sunday). at ARTC Theatre, 110 W 7th St, Winston-Salem, Tickets on Eventbrite (Tromploy Creative Arts, Winston-Salem), $14.99 + 1.01 tax for ages 13 and up, $5+ tax for ages 5 – 12, free for kids under 5, April 5 at 11-1 p.m. Behind the Scenes Luncheon at Sawtooth School for Visual Arts, Tickets, $35 for adults ages 18 and up.