I got really positive feedback, I had quite a few visitors which was surprising for such a small gallery and the overall response is that my neon’s look great in the space; in the darkness and people did say being in the space with the darkness and neon’s was very immersive. A comment I received form them is that the flashing pieces are quite humerous, how they fade away as though they are giving up but then flash back on. People liked my playfulness with words in contrast to the dark context. So my works were perceived how I intended.
One piece of constructive criticism I did receive was questioning if the longer neon – i don’t want to leave – was needed in the exhibition?, Which on reflection I don’t think it was, I feel the exhibition would have been more interesting to just see the other two neons mirror each other at opposite ends of the gallery.
For a first solo exhibition, I would say it has been a success. The pieces sat fantastically in such a perfect space; It made the neon’s so much more effective being in complete darkness. I’m really happy with my feedback and the overall experience has been great.
However, I feel the actual pieces look visually weak and I think it’s because of the fact the type is my handwritting. Looking at artists who specialise in neon signs, most use a universal font, which makes it look more like an informative sign and so gives the words importance, which is what I want for my pieces. As development from this exhibition, I am going to experiment with a different font in order to achieve the strength I want.
Today I installed my works for my exhibition in The Cupboard Under the Stairs Gallery. I had already drawn up a rough plan as to where and how I wanted to display my neon signs, which can be seen below:
Since the walls in the gallery space are brick, I required a drill to be able to put nails or screws so I could hang the neons from. Myself and Hannah Lamb installed the exhibition together but required professional help with the drill so asked a technician to drill the holes and he helped me massively, and it only took around an hour in total. Some Photos of the works can be viewed below or in Doccumentation:
After displaying the works, I placed the below sign, outside the exhibition as a pre-caution. My neon signs flash and since this is my own responsibility, I had to take the necessary precautions that come with having flashing imagery or lights:
I’m really pleased with my exhibition, I’m really impressed with how effective my signs look and I think I have achieved an immersive experience with this exhibition. Putting your art work out in the public is always a nerving experience, but for myself to do this solo exhibition took confidence, no matter how small or big the gallery – so I’m really proud of my first solo exhibition.
Whilst my group exhibition; VIE is still running, I also have my first Solo-Exhibition coming up next week. I will be displaying my Neon signs in Hannah Lambs; The Cupboard Under the Stairs Gallery, situated in Sheffield Hallam’s, Arundel Gate Court Studios. The exhibition will run from 14-20 March.
Below is the poster for the 1 week exhibition, designed by gallery Organiser; Hannah Lamb:
The Cupboard Under the Stairs Gallery offers a challenge to all those who exhibit, with it’s compact 7 x 1 meter space, it creates a very different and unique exhibiting experience and placement of work needs to be thoughtful. I will be exhibiting three neon signs from my first Neon attempts, I will display them spaciously apart in the gallery. I will also be covering the door with a black sheet, to refuse light to enter the space, so the Neon’s are seen at their most effective. I am hoping to create an immersive experience as the space is so suited to my works. I am also using this opportunity to test my neons as this will be the first time seeing them in their necessary surroundings.