28.01.2021 - 06.03.2021
Neon is the fifth most abundant element in our universe after hydrogen, helium, oxygen and carbon. On its own, neon glows with a fiery red shade of orange. It is a combination of noble gases. With the addition of helium – to achieve pink color, and krypton – to generate the green one.
As a medium for commercial signage, neon got its start at the 1910 Paris Motor Show, where chemist and engineer Georges Claude debuted his upgrades to the existing neon tube. In 1912, a local barber shop was the first to buy one of Claude’s neon advertising signs. It only took a few more decades for such signage to become an integral part of the American landscape.
Light Art has managed to go through several stages: in the days of the Russian avant-garde, light was sometimes the main character of the artworks; in the 60s, Californian artists, Robert Irwin, James Turrell, Dan Flavin, began to use light in various forms: fire, spotlights and projections, neon lamps. Innovative artists have transformed commercial mechanism of the so-called low culture, associated with the urban kitsch of commercial signs, into a powerful visual art medium. Their sculptural works explored the intersection of light, color and space, as well as images of pop culture, consumer culture and various themes related to the contemporary urban environment.
Artwin Gallery addressed the theme of light in the works of the gallery artists and prepared a special project dedicated to the neon works by Evgeny Antufiev, RADYA, Anna Titova, Timofey Parshchikov.