Neon

Traveling the universe / inside the human mind.

Imagine: you walk into a white room. One you can only enter wearing some of those sexy, plastic blue shoe protectors. An oversized flatscreen beams bright flickering light at the opposite wall. You sit down in front of the screen. The brightness is of an almost suffocating magnitude – there is so much light your eyes can’t cope. Instead of seeing light you start to[.....]

Breakfast with Roberto and Rosario

As a part of our ongoing partnership with Art Practical, today we bring you a conversation between writer Kara Q. Smith and R & R Studios, the collaborative office of Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt. This conversation is published on the occasion of Art Practical’s Miami Issue, the product of a two-month residency at LegalArt earlier this fall. I met with Roberto Behar and Rosario Marquardt of R&R Studios, which[.....]

Bright is Light

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Later, the scientist recalled what he and his colleague saw in that vacuum tube in 1898. “The blaze of crimson light from the tube told its own story,” Dr. Travers wrote, “and it was a sight to dwell upon and never to forget.” Not only neon, but the other noble gases would soon find application in signage and trim; that is the short of how[.....]

Agitated Histories

Grasping the nebulous zone of art and politics can be arduous at best. The curatorial project of Agitated Histories attempts to do just that by compartmentalizing the political narrative. The Re-enactment, The Archive, The Persona, and The Intervention give some scaffolding from which the viewer can approach the work. The artists in this exhibition engage with the political, the social, and the personal through formal[.....]

Leo Villareal at the San Jose Museum of Art

Today’s article is from our friends at Art Practical, where Michele Carlson discusses the new traveling survey exhibition by Leo Villareal at the San Jose Museum of Art. It’s hard to know where to look upon entering Leo Villareal’s exhibition. Light literally dances on every wall and even on the ceiling—the blinking lights bridge the many large light sculptures and installations, melting the exhibition space[.....]

Keith Sonnier

Currently on view at Mary Boone Gallery in New York City is a series of neon sculptures by artist Keith Sonnier. The exhibition includes two distinct bodies of work, the artist’s Oldowan Series, which features sexually charged gestures and materials such as silk, as well as his Chandelier Series, which were originally designed for the artist’s home and were later expanded for use in larger[.....]

Glenn Ligon

Off Book is the title of a current exhibition by acclaimed New York based conceptual artist Glenn Ligon. The exhibition, which is on view through January 23rd at Los Angeles’ Regen Projects, continues the artist’s investigation of cultural identity, social and historical constructs, language, race, and gender. Similar to previous exhibitions by the artist, Off Book explores these ideas through text-based work, installation, and video.[.....]