Lumière is the first ever exhibition of Dale Chihuly’s Acrylic Light Drawings and marks the culmination of a 50 year journey exploring colour and light.
Dale Chihuly’s use of drawing as a medium has evolved throughout his career. Beginning as illustrative tools used to direct and inspire his visions for glass – his drawings have become increasingly important as independent outlets for his expression, whilst simultaneously providing a vital means for him to release his energy.
Somebody once said people become artists because they have a certain kind of energy to release. That rings true to me. It must have an outlet. That’s why I draw. – Dale Chihuly
Chihuly’s Acrylic Light Drawings are indicative of an artist deeply interested in light and the transmission of light through transparent medium - ultimately the manifestation of light as colour. They chart a significant new turning point in the evolution of Chihuly’s expression and represent the ongoing dialogue between his three intertwined media: light, glass and colour.
Chihuly’s Electric Blue Neon will also be exhibited at Lumière. Chihuly has revisited his work in neon several times over his career thus far, pioneering his innovative early applications in the material whilst a graduate student in the late sixties and then as a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design.
The progression of his neon works can be seen across both his indoor and outdoor exhibits, as part of architectural installations and public art sculptures; in 1994 they were the central part of Chihuly’s set design for Oregon Ballet Theatre’s production, Neon Glass. Chihuly’s Neons also feature as significant elements in his Garden Cycle which has so far taken in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew as well as at least a dozen of America’s greatest public gardens. Two neon sculptures will be on view in Chihuly at Fairchild, Chihuly’s largest Garden exhibition to date, opening alongside Art Basel, Miami, December 2014.