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Thats a Negative

Richard William Wheater

 

30.06.2019 - 30.06.2020

Fourth and penultimate roof neon from the project Things People Say.

'We have become neon signs ourselves.

In the words of the fox in de Saint-Exupéry’s The Little Prince: “It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.

To create is to listen to the invisible and incalculable (what the Chinese called Dao, what Bergson called life, what Whitehead called creativity, etc.). It is to remain faithful to this co-creative realisation and to make compositions out of impressions, out of understanding and feeling.

If we have become neon signs, we have not yet become digital circuits or LED lights: inside the glass corset of capitalist identity, there is still the infinite vibration of gas.'

Luis de Miranda

Excerpts taken from his book Being & Neonness
Published 2019 MIT Press

Translated by Michael Wells

Highlights

Nick Halford

 

28.11.2018 - 25.01.2019

With a penchant for stencil spray and enamel graphic work, we're thrilled to confirm that Nick Halford has teamed up with Neon Workshops to launch 'Highlights' - a show including five new artworks, that will incorporate neon elements to animate his imagery further. 'Highlights' will move onto Halford's home city of Plymouth later in 2019.

Just Us

Neon Workshops Team

 

25.07.2018 - 18.11.2018

We practice what we preach at Neon Workshops. As well as teaching the good word of neon and producing other people's projects, we all make our own artwork to exhibit, and thought it about time to stage a group show! Ali ApplebyJulia BickerstaffEmily BinksKatrina Cowling and Richard Wheater will each show one piece of work.
Join us here for the opening next Wednesday!

 

All artworks available to buy - catalogue here

The Young Alchemist

Jonathon Lang 

 

23.03.2018 - 25.07.2018

This planet, with all its appalling immensity, is to electric currents virtually no more than a small metal ball. 

Nikola Tesla 

 

All artworks available to buy - catalogue here

Animating Neon

Michael Fletchner 

27.09.2017 - 29.11.2017

Among the greats when it comes to his extraordinary use of neon and it's relevance in modern culture, Los Angeles artist Michael Flechtner exhibits rarely seen headwear in his first UK show. 

Our new project space

Sensible Soccers opening

29.07.2017

A night of art, live music and friends

7A... our sister warehouse space in Wakefield opens to the public, as Neon Workshops fly over the Portuguese electronic band of the moment; Sensible Soccers, for one night only. Look out for more ambitious events to take place in this stunning space...

New Work in neon and mixed media

Richard William Wheater

29.03.2017 - 22.07.2017

Join us on Wednesday 29th March between 6pm and 9pm, to celebrate the opening of our new exhibition, showcasing new work in neon and mixed media.

It was all Ephemeral as a Rainbow

Steven Morgana

25.05.2016 - 10.07.2016

Acrylic mirror, illuminated neon/argon filled glass (powered by a portable electric generator, refuelled with petrol decanted into various brands of bottled water cheaper per litre than the water it replaces), scaffold poles and F-clamps, dimensions variable. 

Learning my ABCs

Katrina Cowling

27.01.2016 - 20.05.2016

Over the course of her first year, employed part-time at Neon Workshops, artist Katrina Cowling was set the laborious task to bend in glass tube and light up the alphabet. Text, often synonymous with neon, is notoriously difficult to learn, and time consuming to make even when competent. Rather than acknowledging and discounting quickly as perfect signage, Cowling's endearing wobbly attempts, made from off-cut scrap glass, hold ones gaze less as letters and more as sculptures. Artist Fiona Banner commented on her own neon alphabet; Every Word Unmade (2007),that Neon Workshops installed in 2006, "The fragile wobbly letters, a byproduct of incrementally, inexpertly bending the glass – then the electrical circuit pumping the gas through, make it like one big, constant stutter…words about to be made or unmade." 

Guts

Jochen Holz and

Richard William Wheater

30.7.2015 - 19.9.2015

London based Holz’s design approach is led by the making process and the subtle flow of hot glass, navigating the possibilities and restrictions of the technique and material. Wheater’s playful take on the word ‘guts’ is the first in a new series of text works recounting snippets of casual conversation.

Neon Nudes / Beautiful Hazards

Richard William Wheater

27.5.2015 - 18.7.2015

New gallery work in neon and mixed media, focussing on the artist’s interest with industrial hazard graphics, their use and effect on the general public. 

Northern Lights

Richard William Wheater

28.11.2013 - 25.1.2014

Defunct London Underground illuminated ad displays are used to reinterpret the Aurora Borealis. This industrial crude interpretation of a natural electric phenomenon in the sky, is a continuation of Wheater's interest with our relationship to the environment. 

You are (on) an island

Alicia Eggert & Mike Fleming

15.03.2013 - 11.05.2013 

In 2012 Neon Workshops invited American artists Alicia Eggert and Mike Fleming to bring their collaborative neon project to the UK and present it as a mobile venture to an unsuspecting audience around Yorkshire. In January this year, Eggert and Fleming arrived in Wakefield, installed their poignant statement on the back of a hire van, sparked up the delicate gas-filled glass with a small generator and took to the road.

Buy the book now.

People Like Neon

Peter Saville / Wheater & Bickerstaff

26.09 - 03.10.2012 

Celebrating the 100th year anniversary of the first neon sign installed in a Parisian barbers in 1912, Wheater & Bickerstaff have produced three significant wall mounted poems. The traditional combination of neon gas filled clear glass spells out a theme relating to the medium in which the work is rendered. They will be showcased here for one week only prior to several days and evenings of fleeting documented installations on the streets of Paris, including the Lycée Polyvalent Dorian. What am I? will then be exhibited at Ebletoft Glass Museum, Denmark during December and March 2013 as part of a group neon show. 

The full colour litho A1 size double-sided prints, signed and unsigned are available only from Neon Workshops on the evening or on our website at a later date.