La Maison Rouge

K.O Lab: T/Error

Kendell Geers
K.O Lab: T/Error , Neon sign , 250x40x14cm
Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano


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Thomas Mulcaire and Kendell Geers at La Maison Rouge

On the right-hand side of Mendeleev’s periodic table are the so-called ‘noble’ gases, a group of chemical elements with common properties: under standard conditions, they are all odorless and colourless, but under pressure these mono-atomic gases produce a coloured light when an electric current is passed through them. Neon (Ne), from neos, the Greek word for new, emits a red light. Argon (Ar) produces a blue light, while the light from sodium vapor is yellow. French physicist and chemist Georges Claude developed the first neon tube in 1912, exactly one century ago. He unveiled his invention publicly at the Paris World Fair. A few years later, Claude filed a patent in the United States and, in 1923, sold his first two neon signs - reading ‘Packard’ – to a car dealership. The rest is history...

La Maison Rouge stages the first major international exhibition of neon art from the 1940s to the present day. Some one hundred works will be presented in all: many of historical significance, many being shown for the first time. They will include pieces by such pioneers as Lucio Fontana, Bruce Nauman, Joseph Kosuth and Mario Merz, to contemporary artists working in this medium, such as Sylvie Fleury, Claude Lévêque, Kendell Geers and Thomas Mulclaire.

17 February 2012 - 20 May 2012