The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, December 27, 2014


London-based light artist Chris Bracey's first UK solo exhibition opens at Scream
Chris Bracey, Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, 2013. Perspex and neon. Unique.
LONDON.- Scream presents London-based light artist Chris Bracey’s first UK solo exhibition. Chris Bracey has worked with neon and lights for over thirty years and has acquired a vast fan base including commissions from high-profile clients such as David LaChapelle, Stella McCartney, Martin Creed and Vivienne Westwood. Bracey has also provided dramatic installations for films such as Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and the Batman films. Many of his works are self-produced neons, referencing popular culture and iconic imagery, from the streets of Soho, tattoo culture, evocative statements and a lexicon of retro texts and references. Bracey also salvages old lights from fairgrounds, film props and vintage signs to re-work and re-generate them into contemporary pop sculptures that luminate and conjure a sense of wonder, nostalgia and glamour.

Bracey’s father was a neon sign-maker, predominantly for fairgrounds and amusement arcades, and Chris learnt how to manufacture and design the neon signs at an early age. Inspired by the vibrancy and kitsch character of the Soho area in London during the 1970s, Bracey was confident that his designs for the signs would bring a fresh sense of glamour and intrigue to the area. The work went from strength to strength with every Soho club owner wanting Bracey’s magic touch to revitalize their venues. During this time Bracey was approached by art director Chris Townsend who introduced him to the world of film and this gave Bracey the autonomy to expand the possibilities of what could be done with neon. Bracey comments, “Like any work of art, it’s got spirit. Neon is only happy when it’s on, when it’s alive”.

Having shown extensively in the US and with a focus on commercial projects for the last few years, this exhibition brings together a selection of new works specifically dealing with themes of heaven and hell – a metaphor for Bracey’s diverse biographical journey. These themes bring together the highlights of Bracey’s practice and transform the gallery into the realms of heaven, with free-standing Angel and Jesus sculptures, suspended wings and star constellations; and hell with his trademark Soho sex, tattoo and rock ‘n’ roll iconography such as “Hot Burning Love”.

Bracey’s entrance into the London art world will be dramatically evident as you approach the gallery, with a site-specific window installation of a dagger smashing through the window into a neon heart. Bracey provides an immersive experience for the viewer where he playfully creates a sense of theatricality and implicitly raises questions about morality, spirituality and their role in society.





Today's News

April 12, 2013

"Time and Navigation" exhibit opens at the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Police patrol Louvre as it reopened its doors following staff walkout over pickpockets

Sotheby's London Arts of the Islamic World Sale presents an exceptional range of works

Tell Me Whom You Haunt: Marcel Duchamp and the Contemporary Readymade opens at Blain/Southern

Robert Redford condemns tribal mask sale as 'sacrilege'; judge is due to rule on Friday

University of York study of pottery reveals Ice Age hunter-gatherers' taste for fish

A real Van Gogh? An unsolved art world mystery opens at the Nevada Museum of Art

French architect Jean Nouvel presents 'joie de vivre' offices at Milan Design Week

Newseum JFK exhibit features never-before-seen artifacts from the asassination

Exhibition of new sculpture by Rachel Whiteread opens at Gagosian Gallery in London

Inventions, practical and oddball, showcased at Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva

Rare stoneware jug depicting acrobats acquired for New York State Museum by collector Adam Weitsman

Stedelijk Museum announces major gift from Amsterdam-based gallery owner and collector Paul Andriesse

Francis Crick's 1962 Nobel Prize for discovering DNA brings $2.27+ million at Heritage Auctions

Toledo Museum of Art brings Aboriginal Australian art to Ohio

Massive Miró sculptures installed at Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

London-based light artist Chris Bracey's first UK solo exhibition opens at Scream

The Orientalist Sale at Sotheby's to include a selection of exceptional works by leading masters

Christie's presents the inaugural New York Sale of the Opulent Eye

Brooklyn Museum presents the eighth exhibition in the Raw/Cooked series featuring Michael Ballou

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site