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New Neon Skull Sculptures by Eric Franklin

March 6, 2013

Christopher Jobson

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Skull No. 3 / Flameworked borosilicate glass, ionized neon and mercury, wood, electronics. 14″x14″x14″. 2013.

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Skull No. 3 / Detail.

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Skull No. 3 / Detail.

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Skull No. 1 / Flameworked borosilicate glass, ionized neon, wood, electronics. 14″x14″x14″. 2013.

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Skull No. 1 / Detail.

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Skull No. 1 / Detail.

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Skull No. 2 / Flameworked borosilicate glass, ionized neon and krypton, wood, electronics. 14″x14″x14″. 2013.

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Skull No. 2 / Detail.

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Skull No. 2 / Detail.

Portland artist Eric Franklin (previously) just completed three new works, a trio of neon glass skulls lit internally by ionized neon, krypton, and mercury. The structure of each human skull is deviously complex, made from a network of glass tubes that have to be perfectly sealed to create the vacuum necessary to light them, a process that leaves the figures somewhat misshapen and admittedly a bit creepy. A completely amazing sort of creepy. All three artworks are currently available for acquisition through Chris Forney over at Artworks Gallery. All images courtesy the artist.

 

 



Art Design

Embodiment: A Neon Skeleton by Eric Franklin

April 4, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Portland-based sculptor Eric Franklin constructs stunning (if not slightly disconcerting) anatomical light structures that are fully hollow and filled with ionized krypton, causing them to glow similar to a neon light. The glass skeleton above, Embodiment, is my jaw-dropping favorite of this series. The piece took over 1,000 hours of work over a two year period and is actually built from 10 separate units of glass formed from borosilicate glass tubing. The process of creating something like this is unbelievably painstaking as Franklin shares via email:

Every glass seal has to be perfect, and this piece contains hundreds. Everywhere one tube joins another, or a tube terminates, glass tubes were sealed together. They have to be perfect in order to preserve the luminosity of the krypton. If one rogue molecule gets inside the void of the glass tubing it can eventually contaminate the gas and it will no longer glow. There are times when the holes in the seals are so small that you cannot actually see them with your eyes without the help of a leak detector. Once the glass pieces are ready to get filled with gas, I pull a high vacuum while the glass is hot in order to evacuate any dust or water vapor from the interior surface until there are literally no molecules inside the void of the glass. Then the krypton can be introduced and the glass sealed off. It’s an extremely tedious process, one I have somewhat of a love/hate relationship with.

You can see much more of Franklin’s work on his website, and if you liked this also check out the work of Jessica Lloyd-Jones. Photos above courtesy Brad Carlile. (via my amp goes to 11)

 

 



Art

Anatomical Neon: Blown Glass Human Organs Containing Neon Lights by Jessica Lloyd-Jones

March 26, 2012

Christopher Jobson

Anatomical Neon is a series of blown glass lights by North Wales-based artist Jessica Lloyd-Jones meant to focus attention on how energy is used by the human body. Describing the four pieces via her website she says:

Brain Wave conveys neurological processing activity as a kinetic and sensory, physical phenomena through its display of moving electric plasma. Optic Nerve shows a similar effect, more akin to the blood vessels of the eye and with a front ‘lens’ magnifying the movement and the intensity of light. Heart is a representation of the human heart illuminated by still red neon gas. Electric Lungs is a more technically intricate structure with xenon gas spreading through its passage ways, communicating our human unawareness of the trace gases we inhale in our breathable atmosphere.

The pieces were funded in part by awards from Arts Council Wales and Wales Arts International and executed at Urban Glass in New York in 2010. (via pinterest)

 

 



Amazing

A Crazy Neon Glow-Stick Video of Insanity

July 21, 2011

Christopher Jobson

This is a pretty fun viral advert for Bon Yurt (a brand of yogurt from Columbia) where a group of artists are set loose in a gallery space armed with tons of blenders, paint, and over 700 small glasses and build a sort of audio equalizer with gallons of toxic goo extracted from neon glow sticks. I’m hungry!

 

 



Design

The Pressure is Good for You

May 20, 2011

Christopher Jobson

At first I thought this was just a wonderful piece of graphic design by Adam Garcia (previously), but further snooping revealed it to be a real, one-of-a-kind, badass neon sign from his gallery show Special Characters last March.

 

 



Art

Artemio

March 28, 2011

Christopher Jobson

Artemio is a Mexican artist who makes neon light mandelas out of guns, daggers and other weapons. His latest exhibition opened about a week ago at Galerie Van Der Mieden in Antwerpen and runs through May 7. Here’s a 2009 interview from Vice.

 

 



Art

Keith Lemley: Something and Nothing

March 10, 2011

Christopher Jobson

New work from Keith Lemley that just opened at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, VA.

Keith Lemley’s sculptural installation consists of concentric rings of white neon tubes the paths of which mimic the natural variation found in the logs at their center. Lemley creates a space for dialogue between nature and the machine by filling the gallery with artificial light that is delivered through seemingly organic forms. By combining the everyday occurrence of perceiving light with an unusual delivery method, Something and Nothing calls attention to “the phenomenology of sight, the physiology of perception, and the experience of being a living body in space.”

And if you liked that, see also his Luma series.