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completed earlier this year on a merit scholarship.
e exhibition featured three red neon works and three distinct
sculptures installed across different levels to create an integrated
system of light and form.
"When you enter the gallery you see the first neon, which is
basically blown glass made to look like a rope, hanging vertically
between the first staircase," Christian says. " en you go up another
staircase to find the second neon, then another to see the third. e
sculptures are installed horizontally along that flo or."
One of those pieces is a draped figure -- an unknowable being --
made of acrylic polymer and vinyl paint.
e second, titled beginning is the end is the beginning, is a campfire
created out of burnt cast aluminium sticks.
And the third, perhaps the most interesting in terms of material,
is a human form with "vampire" characteristics.
" is one was made with a light absorbing, light emitting plastic
I developed over months of experimentation with various chemicals
and dyes," Christian says. "My studio in New York City became a
kind of laboratory in the process.
"When you see this piece in the gallery, it's in its light absorbent
state. e night effect, that is the glowing effect, is not something the
viewer will typically see."
In this way light becomes its own force in the installation,
working with and acting upon the objects rather than merely
drawing attention to them. As the vampire-like figure absorbs light
from the neons, the draped being rejects it.
e project marks a significant shift in terms of "the place"
Christian's work comes from.
Since his first collection of photographed street objects, which
he produced during his undergraduate studies at Curtin, Christian
has generally made art that turns real-life references into an ideal
LIGHT AND FORM: (From back of room) Zero,
acrylic, polymer, vinyl paint, 2008-09; beginning is
the end is the beginning, burnt cast aluminium, 2009;
Light Years, light absorbent plastic with high yield
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