C I R C L E S P H E R E

Fred Tschida

29.09.2021 – 28.11.2021

*Please note CIRCLESPHERE at 7A will close 4pm 30.10.2021 for a

Private event.

‘CIRCLESPHERE’ marks ten years since Neon Workshops was established in Wakefield, and 20 years since its founder – artist Richard William Wheater – was introduced to Fred Tschida’s alternative explorations in neon, as his student at Alfred University.

It was while studying in New York that Wheater discovered Tschida’s kinetic sculpture ‘Sphere (2000)', which he cites as the piece that made him fall in love with neon. The exhibition is a celebration of both this moment and Fred Tschida’s lifelong obsession with light and movement as an art form, as well as Wheater’s determination to introduce the world to an un-sung neon master.

‘CIRCLESPHERE’ includes seven gas-filled glass illuminated sculptures, revolving on free-standing wooden frames, each between 2.1m and 2.8m tall. The pieces, entitled ‘Frederick Carder Vase Forms’ will be displayed across two floors at The Art House.

They will be accompanied by ‘SPHERE’, a huge rotating neon-clad circle, which will feature at 7A, Neon Workshops’ project space, filling the 3000 sq. ft warehouse space.

An exhibition partnership between Neon Workshops and The Art House

Supported by Arts Council England

For more info on timings, locations and health & safety click here

Photography by David Lindsay

 

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ELECTRIC CLOUDS

(a CIRCLESPHERE event)

16.10.2021 (6pm - 7.30pm sitting) (SOLD OUT)

                   (8pm - 9.30pm sitting) (SOLD OUT)

30.10.2021 (6pm - 7.30pm sitting) (SOLD OUT)

                   (8pm - 9.30pm sitting) (SOLD OUT)

£45 per person 

A pop-up theatrical restaurant experience at 7A, themed around Fred Tschida’s epic neon Sphere.

 

A choreographed experience of light and music, food and drink costume and performance. Ex Masterchef celeb Chris Hale & co will serve up a complementary

menu fit for this special setting. Expect something extra special if rumours are true - that paper artist Andy Singleton has been commissioned to create costumes for the evening!

Places are very limited

 

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NEON MOVES

(a CIRCLESPHERE event)

7.11.2021   (9am - 10am)

21.11.2021 (9am - 10am)

£10 per person

A fun yoga themed Sunday morning class at 7A, where each move is designed around a luminary of the neon world.

 

Learn more about neon art and it’s influential movers and shakers, within this mysterious world of gas-filled-glass and electricity, whilst living and breathing them through guided moves! Wheater will lead the class aiming to get blood moving, beneath Fred Tschida’s epic neon red Sphere. The session will finish with coffee and pastries.

Places are very limited.

Suitable for all abilities
Yoga mats supplied
Dress suitably warm for 7A warehouse space in November.

 

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THE WALLS WE MAKE

WHILST DREAMING OF ESCAPE

Richard William Wheater 

31.03.2021 – 28.11.2021

In homage to artist Fred Tschida’s 1980 performance in which he attached a 22-ft neon mast to his car roof and drove across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, USA.

Translating this action onto a local stretch of the Aire & Calder Navigation canal, a small dinghy was kitted out with a modified neon-clad mast, generator and outboard petrol motor.


The lyrics of 1985 hit Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Tears for Fears, became a mantra for the artist, verbalising what Wheater was driven to do visually: to express the feeling of helplessness in being part of a global problem: “It's my own design / It's my own remorse / Help me to decide”

 

The long-exposure photographs capture the movement of the boat and its neon mast through time, creating a translucent wall of light that appears to smother the trees and scrub on the canal bank. Neon glows red in its purest form, but here the colour also works to emphasise the heat and destructive power of the engine and fumes. 


Everybody Wants To Rule The World was described by the band as a pretty song with a dark theme: a fitting description for this work.

The book is available in our shop here.

Commissioned by @thearthouse_wakefield 
Photography by @JontyWildePhotography