Tag Archives: Neon Art

The Art of Plasma

a.jpgPangea Plasma Planet // Bernd Weinmayer // 2016 // Borosilicate glass filled with gas & made in collaboration with Gerhard Hochmuth

There are four states of matter: solid, liquid, gas and plasma. At least for me, plasma is the one state of matter I understand the least. So I found the exhibition, “The Art of Plasma” at the Museum of Neon Art particularly interesting. Plasma, as defined on the exhibition’s wall label,” is “a collection of charge particles containing about an equal number of positive ions and electrons and exhibiting some properties of a gas but differing from a gas in being a good conductor of electricity and being affected by a magnetic field.” In an effort to simply this definition, an example of plasma is the Aurora Borealis [aka the Northern Lights]. So in this group exhibition various artists displayed works created with plasma. This show will definitely illuminate your view of neon art.

ddReddy Kilowatt // Larry Albright // 2009

dAnemone // Candice Gawne // 2000 // Uranium & borosilicate glass filled with neon and argon gas and mercury

sssssss(L) Emergent #3 Response (M) Emergent #1 Growth (R) Emergent #5 Structure // Wayne Strattm // Flameworked borosilicate glass, phosphors, krypton/iodine fill gas

sdfd(L) Mesmer #2 Gas Giant (M) Mesmer #1 Primitives (R) Mesmer #2 EM Color Fields // Wayne Strattm // Flameworked borosilicate glass, custom phosphor “paints,” inert gas & electronic power supply

sCognizance Network // Eric Franklin // 2014

The Museum of Neon Art

b.JPGThe Museum of Neon Art recently moved from downtown Los Angeles to its new home in Glendale, CA. In addition to the museum’s temporary exhibitions, three famous neon works are on permanent view: “Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, & Jack,” “Green Frog Market Howdy Folks,” and “Hillcrest Laundry” sign. The “Green Frog Market Howdy Folks” sign was originally a supermarket sign in Bakersfield while the “Pep Boys” sign was on view until 1990 when the logo changed to remove the cigar from Manny’s mouth.

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FullSizeRender 4Green Frog Market “Howdy Folks” // 1930s

FullSizeRender 3Pep Boys: Manny, Moe, & Jack // 1970s

FullSizeRenderHillcrest Laundry // 1950s

Jason Rhoades

FullSizeRender 6 copy 3.jpgTijuanatanjierchandelier // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2006

In an immersive exhibition of six installations is “Jason Rhoades: Installations, 1994-2006” at Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles. Each room is composed of one installation. Visitors are allowed to walk through the installations. In some of the rooms the blue print drawings of the work are on view, showing the artistic process of Rhoades. His works are politically charged relating to issues of stereotypes of cultures and women. My favorite work is “My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage…” The interactive installation pays homage to Rhoades’s own pilgrimage from Los Angeles to Mecca, California. This work resembles a temple and a mosque as it provides a critical commentary on how society perceives temples and mosques. The floor is made of overlaid towels held together with what appears to be drizzled glue. Visitors are invited to walk barefoot across the floor, seeing the work from different angels. Various ceramic objects, a box and a stool are located on the carpet. Suspended from the ceiling are 240 neon lights with crude phrases for female genitalia such as “magic cave,” “tuna taco,” “pussy” and “hot rocket.”

FullSizeRender 4Tijuanatanjierchandelier // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2006

FullSizeRender 6 copySwedish Erotica and Fiero Parts // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1994

FullSizeRender 7 copySwedish Erotica and Fiero Parts // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1994

aMy Brother / Brancuzi // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1995

aaMy Brother / Brancuzi // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1995

FullSizeRender 6 copy 2The Creation Myth // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 1998

sdfThe Black Pussy…and the Pagon Idol Workshop // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2005

dThe Black Pussy…and the Pagon Idol Workshop // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2005

eMy Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2004

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My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2004

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My Madinah. In pursuit of my ermitage… // Jason Rhoades // mixed media // 2004

 

Dan Flavin

IMG_9550.jpgUntitled // Dan Flavin // 1996

Located in an unusual spot in NYC is a neon work by Dan Flavin. “Untitled” 1996 can be discovered on the front staircase of Dia:Chelsea. This site specific work is composed of blue fluorescent lights that ascend the staircase allowing shadows to flutter across the white walls.

IMG_9543Untitled // Dan Flavin // 1996