Flint Hills Apparition

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Artist - (Louis) Cork Marcheschi
Born - 1945
Origin - America
Year Built - 1993

About the Artist:  Cork Marcheschi, a native of San Mateo, California, studied at the College of San Mateo between 1963-66 and California State University in Hayward in 1969, before earning his MFA at the California College of Arts and Crafts in Oakland in 1970. Marcheschi accepted a teaching position at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design immediately thereafter. The artist left Minneapolis in 1984. In 1988, he accepted two positions, one at the University of California, Berkeley and the other at the San Francisco Art Institute.

Marcheschi, a member of EAT (Experiments in Art and Technology), has consistently explored new technologies as media for his art. Neon and light attracted the artist early in his career. The strong emphasis on color and non-objective form in these works has led Marcheschi to describe them as "neon color-field paintings," in reference to Abstract Expressionist artists such as Mark Rothko (1903-70).37 In 1992, Wichita State University commissioned Marcheschi to design and install Flint Hills Apparition to hang between the two walkways that join the wings of the McKnight Art Center. The work is dominated by a fifty-nine foot curvilinear element which is framed by several aluminum cones, bars, and circles. The neon elements remain dormant during the day, yet activate at night. The title Flint Hills Apparition refers to the nearby Flint Hills. Marcheschi visited the Flint Hills on a trip to Wichita in the 1970s. The artist was surprised to learn, in the course of the trip, that he had missed the relatively subtle terrain of the Flint Hills. Marcheschi concluded that the hills were only an apparition.