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“With these neon pieces I am exploring possibilities for sculptural lighting. Each is one of its kind or part of a very small edition. Conventional neons use thin diameter tubing and are usually flat mounted onto a backboard. I am using much bigger and thicker borosilicate glass tubing, which allows me to make strong and self supporting 3d shapes. With the increase in width the light also takes on more physical qualities; the light emanates as a volume, rather than as the lines and contours of a traditional neon....READ MORE
The forms play with the light emitted by the different rare gases, the undulating tube subtly manipulates the light, softening and intensifying it in turns. There are no coatings or filaments, just pure light radiating from within the tube. When switched off, only the clear glass form remains. In this blue piece the light is filled with argon and mercury. Helium produces a white to pinkish light and Neon gas a red glow.
These pieces are pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved with conventional neon in terms of size and open up new aesthetic qualities.” —Jochen Holz
Jochen Holz (born 1970, lives and works in London) is a glass artist whose innovative employment of lampworking, a form of glassblowing used primarily to make scientific equipment, is repurposing the technique in the design and art world. Indeed, whilst he has received training in scientific lampworking, Holz has chosen to practice it creatively, a radical departure from its traditional usage which positions him as one of the only people working in his field in the UK. Holz has developed work in a range of contexts from fashion jewellery for Peter Pilotto’s AW17 show to gallery work with See-ds and numerous design fairs such as Nomad Monaco and Miami Basel and Tresor and his latest solo show ‘disrupt’ with Make, Hauser and Wirth Somerset.