THE WORD NEON IMMEDIATELY CONJURES UP VISIONS OF DANCE SCENES AND NIGHTCLUBS. IT CALLS TO MIND ADVERTISING SLOGANS TOO; AND THANKS TO A HANDFUL OF PROGRESSIVE ARTISTS DURING THE 1960S, IT ALSO BECAME INDELIBLY LINKED WITH MODERN ART.
In Europe – France and Italy in particular – artists were exploring everything from geometric abstraction and Op Art, to using text either to respond to architecture, or within the fold of Arte povera.
In the States you had Joseph Kosuth interested in the philosophy of language, whilst Dan Flavin was using the fluorescent tube (a close sibling of neon) to set up a play of light and space, and Bruce Nauman was utilising it to create visual puns. Skip forward to the 1990s and you see neon in the hands of Tracey Emin, Gavin Turk and Cerith Wyn Evans.
“…There is definitely something enduringly magical about light – we can’t help but be drawn to it, perhaps we are all moths at heart.” – Richard Parry.
Here we display the works of the masters of this medium!