Young Manhattan Artist Makes Art Out of Everything
I am jealous of Jackie Neon, a gentle and lovely young woman artist who’s just been accepted in the masters program at Parsons School of Design. I’m jealous because Jackie’s dad Bob, a gemologist and my neighbor is 100% determined that his daughter becomes a successful artist. He’s not daunted by the fact that she may require a financial boost for years. Most parents, mine included, take a dim view of such a career. He respects the fact that Jackie wants to do art because as she says, “it’s the only thing at the end of the day that makes sense.”
It’s her passion. She makes good art out of anything and everything. She recently recorded sounds in a night club and digitally made sound art.
“Most people are really surprised about my dad,” says Jackie, citing her first roommate at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She kept asking Jackie, “Does your father really support you being an artist?”
I know Bob goes “gallery crawling” as he puts it to see who’s doing what and tells everyone he meets when Jackie’s work is featured in a show—at the Art Students’ League or at the end of this month at the Sapphire on Eldridge Street.
(Jackie’s two triptychs pictured here will be displayed at the Sapphire.)