Artists who use neon, an expensive medium,
are not thick on the ground in Ireland.
Those of us who are, shall we say, of a
mature generation, probably think of Dan
Flavin's Minimalist sculptures or perhaps
of François Morellet's pulsing forms, both
bodies of neon works dating from the early
'60s onward. We might think of Robert
Irwin's more painterly shapes, Keith Sonnier's
abstracted figuration, or of Bruce
Nauman, who often deployed neon for its
consumer-cultural references. Artists as
various as Joseph Kosuth and Tracey Emin
have produced neon text pieces - rigorous
in the case of Kosuth and sentimental in
the case of Emin - while Iván Navarro has
upped the ante, creating large-scale and
often freestanding installations. So where
does Kevin Killen fit, if at all, in this particular
constellation of artists?
...see the entire article in the print version of sept's Sculpture magazine.