Thursday, February 14, 2013

Cleveland Neon Artist Jeffry Chiplis Grows His Ambition and His Audience

Cleveland Neon Artist Jeffry Chiplis Grows His Ambition and His Audience « CoolCleveland Blog

Cleveland-based neon artist Jeff Chiplis is
debunking the old adage

“lightning never strikes the same place twice.” A
decade ago, some art-world buzz around his

work constructed from
repurposed found neon netted him a show at New York City’s White Box

He did not instantly become the next big art star.
He continued to work in Cleveland,

show his work and sell his creative
light pieces to both art collectors and businesses looking for
out-of-the-ordinary signage.

Chiplis recently completed his largest and most
ambitious work yet,

“The Great White Mountains and the Cold Cathode
Plains.” Stretching 28 feet,

it’s currently on display at the William
Busta Gallery, which will host an exhibition

reception from 5-9 pm
tonight. But after March 2, Chiplis will be packing it up and

taking it
to New York for the Scope Art Fair March 6-10, where he’ll expand it to a
panoramic 60 feet.

There he’ll add two segments to the five-segment
piece, which features photos

of snow-capped mountains, their contours
selectively heightened by the cold, glowing

blues and whites of the
layer of neon tubing fronting them. Piles of earth on the floor

underneath the wall-installed segments support more white neon tubing.
It’s a formidable,

poetic work, contrasting darkness and light, flatness
and dimensionality, the monumental

size of the real mountains with the
scaled-down size of the armatures, the actual

earth on the floor of the
gallery with the reproduction of earth in the photos.

On the other hand, Chiplis says he overheard Busta tell somebody it’s about skiing.

Take that, art jargon!

Friday, February 01, 2013

Gallery: Light-centric art installation dazzles in London

Gallery: Light-centric art installation dazzles in London | DVICE

An art exhibit called
"Light Show" opened at London's Haywood Gallery. The collection of

will be on display through April 28th, showcasing some of the best
examples of "light art" in the world.

The exhibit focuses on 25 separate
works of art that date from the 1960s through present day. 

As a result, no two styles are the same and the show has already garnered some critical acclaim.

According to The Guardian, "Light Show" is a "dazzling, frazzling light show [that]

takes visitors to the moon," and the London Evening Standard called it "the first of this

year’s must-see shows." The Londonist describes it as:

a mesmeric and brilliantly entertaining exhibition. Cynics might see
this as a show

full of clever gimmicks but we challenge anyone to visit
and not be overawed by the

powerful works on display. 2013 has only just
begun but this exhibition has thrown down the gauntlet.

It will take
something very special to top it.

One of the 22 artists, Leo  Villareal, is showcasing Cylinder II
at Haywood Gallery.
It's a tower with 19,600 programmable, white LEDs.
Villareal likens the installation to "meteor showers,
falling snow,
clouds of fireflies and other natural phenomena.

Artist Tracey Emin to Share Neon Love Messages in Times Square in February

Artist Tracey Emin to Share Neon Love Messages in Times Square in February | Complex

Artist Tracey Emin has a special project for all the
lovers in NYC during February 2013.

Three minutes before midnight every
night, 40 screens will display romantic neon messages

such as "I
promise to love you" and "I can't believe how much I love you."

will appear in motion as if they are being written by hand.

The project is thanks to the Times Square Advertising Coalition, who are in

support of organizing public art projects. Emin told ARTNews,

“I’m really brilliant at unrequited love. I haven’t had a
relationship for years.

It’s totally inspired my work...I wonder if
people will stand underneath them and kiss and have their photos taken."

Artist Tracey Emin to Share Neon Love Messages in Times Square in February