Emery Blagdon constructed an enigmatic environment, designed to harness electromagnetic power from the atmosphere, in a small ramshackle shed on his farm about twenty miles northeast of North Platte, Nebraska. Not much is known about Blagdon: he was born to a Lincoln County farming family in 1907, attended school through the eighth grade, and spent much of the Great Depression on the road and riding the rails. He inherited his uncle’s 160-acre farm in the early 1950s, and returned to…

Emery Blagdon constructed an enigmatic environment, designed to harness electromagnetic power from the atmosphere, in a small ramshackle shed on his farm about twenty miles northeast of North Platte, Nebraska. Not much is known about Blagdon: he was born to a Lincoln County farming family in 1907, attended school through the eighth grade, and spent much of the Great Depression on the road and riding the rails. He inherited his uncle’s 160-acre farm in the early 1950s, and returned to…

Emory Blagdon was untrained in art, isolated in his rural Nebraska home, personally eccentric and, most important, the creator of stunningly innovative, delicate and beautiful work. He filled his work shed with assemblages intended to be healing machines but that also happened to be objects of beauty.

Emory Blagdon was untrained in art, isolated in his rural Nebraska home, personally eccentric and, most important, the creator of stunningly innovative, delicate and beautiful work. He filled his work shed with assemblages intended to be healing machines but that also happened to be objects of beauty.

With pliers in hand, Nebraska artist Emery Blagdon fashioned pieces of wire into patterns and attached foil, beads, ribbons and cast-off items. He hung the creations in his rural Nebraska shed, creating an environment he believed could generate natural energy from the earth and heal the sick. This program tells the story of this visionary artist, his work and its preservation and placement in Wisconsin’s prestigious John Michael Kohler Art Center.

With pliers in hand, Nebraska artist Emery Blagdon fashioned pieces of wire into patterns and attached foil, beads, ribbons and cast-off items. He hung the creations in his rural Nebraska shed, creating an environment he believed could generate natural energy from the earth and heal the sick. This program tells the story of this visionary artist, his work and its preservation and placement in Wisconsin’s prestigious John Michael Kohler Art Center.

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