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The Art of Neon

Posted on: October 30th, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

 

Neon Art Idaho by Laddie John Dill

Has anyone else noticed this obsession with neon lately? Not only with interior design, but with fine art as well! The fluorescent neon lighting trend has come a long way since its affiliation with smoke filled bars and strip clubs. It has been creeping back into the artworld for the last several years and the evidence is everywhere.

Sir William Ramsay and Morris Travers discovered neon by accident in 1898 while experimenting on liquid air. Georges Claude began creating neon lighting in 1902, as he had surplus neon leftover as a byproduct of his air liquefaction company. Neon lighting consists of brightly glowing, electrified glass tubes or bulbs that contain rarefied neon or other gases. Neon lights are a type of cold cathode gas-discharge light. A neon tube is a sealed glass tube with a metal electrode at each end, filled with one of a number of gases at low pressure

Not all neon lights are neon, in fact only one color of ‘neon’ is actually neon! The color of the light depends on the gas within the tube. Neon lights were named for neon, a noble gas which gives off a popular orange light, but other gases and chemicals are used to produce other colors, such as hydrogen (red), helium (yellow), carbon dioxide (white), and mercury (blue). Various combinations have been created over the years, creating some of our favorites (the pinks and purples!) that we have come to love today.

Threshold” (2009) from the 53rd Venice Biennale by Ivan NavarroGood Boy, Bad Boy by Bruce Nauman

Did you know there is a museum of neon art? MONA is an institution that exists to encourage learning and curiosity through the preservation, collection, and interpretation of neon art! They have hosted several notable Exhibitions in the last several years. She Bends: Women in Neon was a group art show featuring women benders from around the world and was curated by Meryl Pataky.

Though neon, and neon in art is not new it has been popping up all over lately! Not only do we personally follow several artists who have moved into neon as a medium in the last several years – notable exhibitions and art contests have been booming with the stuff!

 

The winner of the jury awarded $200,000 Grand ARTPRIZE in Grand Rapids,MI October 8th, 2018 went to “brown, carmine, and blue.” by Le’Andra LeSeur. LeSeur’s “brown, carmine, and blue” utilizes visual media (including several neon elements), installation and performance to make sense of the way current ideologies frame marginalized identities. “Le’Andra so compellingly utilizes all of her resources to take us into her world and her worldview. Her work was so deeply immersive. It’s about gender, it’s about race, it’s about America at its core,” said Davis Anderson, an ArtPrize 10 juror and the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum at PAFA.

Neon Art Brown Carmine and Blue Le'Andra LeSeur Neon Art Brown Carmine and BlueBrown Carmine and Blue Le'Andra LeSeur

And then there is Alex Da Corte’s Rubber Pencil Devil featured at The 2018 Carnegie International, that opened on October 13th. The Philadelphia-based artist displays a skeletonof a house covered in neon with flower plantings, jack-o’-lanterns, cupids, etc. Inside, 57 magnetic music videos play (Over the course of three hours), each with pop-culture references. Da Corte stars as most of the characters in the videos. A giant Heinz bottle is jumps around, The Wicked Witch of the West is sings LeAnne Rimes accompanied by Oscar the Grouch, Bugs Bunny is sits on a cartoon crescent moon, singing Frank Ocean.

Then, as ambient music plays, Da Corte walks slowly through the door of a familiar-looking set. He’s dressed as Mister Rogers (who shot his children’s TV show nearby), wearing one of his brightly colored sweaters, smiling warmly to the camera and sitting down to change his shoes. Pretty soon he’s out the door, returning a moment later in a different sweater, switching his shoes once more and departing. He does it again and again, arriving each time in a new sweater and with the same joyful hello to the audience. It’s by turns hilarious and sad, and more than a little dark, but as he keeps going, something else happens: it begins to have the feel of an epic. It’s moving—heroic, even. He—Rogers, Da Corte—is striving to get the job done as well as he can. Like us all, he’s putting on his best face, trying to get through the day.

-Andrew Russeth |ArtNews

Rubber Pencil Devil

Pencil Devil Neon Art

rubber pencil devil alex Da Corte

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We seriously can’t get enough of this work! Fingers crossed we can make some magic happen and go experience it for ourselves. Not only is it stunningly beautiful, but it resonates this strange, intriguing Americana nostalgia. The work has already been widely praised in its week since opening. Popular art hub Artsy recently published “The Carnegie International Puts Joy before Politics”. Everyone is eating up the light-heartedness of this neon structure. Wither it be the cottage feel, the candy-colored films, or various pop culture references such as Pinocchio and Mr. Rogers, something about it makes you smile!

We hope this trend sticks around for years to come! It is candy to our eyes and – I for one have NO shame in being related to a bug drawn to a zapper because we are oohing and aahing over this art trend.

 

Photos by: Sleekmag.com, Artprize.com, & artnews.com

 

ArtPrize 10 | Autumn 2018

Posted on: October 24th, 2018 by Art Leaders No Comments

The results are in! ArtPrize 10 has officially come to an end. We are so proud to have had four of our amazing artists featured this year; Antonio Molinari, Gerd Schmidt, Konstantin Savchenko, & Andrii Afanasiev. We had an amazing time visiting downtown Grand Rapids and stopping into all of the venues! It truly is an experience.

Jason Peters - The Sum of Its Parts ArtPrize 10 2018

If you are unfamiliar – ArtPrize is an open, independently organized international art competition which takes place every other fall in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Over five hundred thousand dollars in prizes are awarded, including a $200,000 prize awarded entirely by public vote and another $200,000 prize awarded by a jury of art experts!

Any artist working in any medium from anywhere in the world can participate. Art is exhibited in various venues throughout downtown (museums, bars, public parks, restaurants, theaters, hotels, bridges, laundromats, auto body shops, vacant storefronts and office spaces, etc.)

ArtPrize is free and open to the public and now attracts over 500,000 visitors, making it the most attended public art event in the world according the Art Newspaper’s annual “Big Ticket List.”

ArtPrize 10 Opening Ceremony 2018

ArtPrize 10 announced the winners of $500,000 in prizes on October 8th, 2018. Below are some details regarding the winning entries!

Two $200,000 Grand Prizes were awarded, through smartphone-enabled public vote to “THE STRING PROJECT” by Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez, and by a jury of art experts to “brown, carmine, and blue.” by Le’Andra LeSeur.

“The String Project” is a series of photographs taken across five continents that together represent humanity’s shared connection.“Visitors selected a stunning visual representation of hope, empathy and connection to take home the top public vote prize,” said Jori Bennett, ArtPrize executive director.

LeSeur’s “brown, carmine, and blue” utilizes visual media, installation and performance to make sense of the way current ideologies frame marginalized identities. “Le’Andra so compellingly utilizes all of her resources to take us into her world and her worldview. Her work was so deeply immersive. It’s about gender, it’s about race, it’s about America at its core,” said Davis Anderson, an ArtPrize 10 juror and the Edna S. Tuttleman Director of the Museum at PAFA.

-Charlsie Dewey GR | MAG

The String Project Chelsea Nix and Mariano Cortez ArtPrize 2018 brown, carmine, and blue Le'Andra LeSeur ArtPrize 10 2018

It is safe to say that the artists brought their all this year. There were so many deeply conceptual, emotionally rooted pieces that immerse the viewer in the reality of the artist and what they are attempting to convey. Most of which fell into the category of performance art. Most art critics will tell you that the conceptual element in itself is what makes an artist, an artist. Physical artistic talent alone is rarely acknowledged anymore and considered crafty, naive, or decorative on its own – only impressive to a non-art educated viewer or audience. I will say that despite this current viewpoint in the art world, there were several skillfully impressive works with honorable mention this year. We are in no way implying or intending to remove any thought or concept intended to be connected with these pieces. Simply wanted to throw a shout-out to some wonderfully talented artists this year – some of our favorite works detailed below:

Both falling in the 3-D category, public:

“The Phoenix” by Joe Butts & “Sun Pop” by Joshua Clark

ArtPrize 10 2018 The Phoenix by Joe Butts Sun Pop by Joshua Clark ArtPrize 10 2018

We want to extent congratulations to all of the winners and artists who exhibited at ArtPrize 10 this year! This event could not be possible for all of us to enjoy without you. We are excited to see what this event will continue to bring in the future. Art Leaders Gallery is so proud to call Michigan our home and our immediate art community!

 

Photos by: Artprize.com & mlive.com

 

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