Memoria

2015, neon tube, reinforcing mesh, 250 × 400 × 15 cm

For the exhibition in Grenchen, Sebastian Utzni translates his schematic illustration of an antique memory model, as recorded by hand, into a multi-part illumination made of fine neon lightbulbs. From the start the glowing letters mounted on a reinforcing mesh placed vertically in the space determine the way the exhibition is read. The unusual method of mounting the works allows a view of the different works shown and at the same time demonstrates the individual parts of the model. With his choice of the neon medium Utzni achieves a playful exchange between memories of commonplace night-time urban images, marked by illuminated advertising, and important art historical works such as those of Bruce Nauman or Lucio Fontana, who was already working in neon in the mid 20th century. With this striking signal he activates our memory and equally reveals his frame of reference.

Kunsthaus Grenchen catalogue text

Photos © by Alexandra Roth.

Sebastian Utzni
Memoria

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Memoria, 2015, neon tube, reinforcing mesh, 250 × 400 × 15 cm

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Memoria, 2015 neon tube, reinforcing mesh, 250 × 400 × 15 cm