Elemente als Formen, Formen als Elemente, 2007


The neon-light wall piece Elemente als Formen, Formen als Elemente was my first major wall-mounted work; I realized it for the exhibition Zeichnung heute V at the Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2007). It consists of nine neon elements of varying dimensions, between 1.6 and 2.2 m tall and 0.2 and 1.4 m wide. Taken together, they occupy about 8 m of wall space. Mounted roughly at eye level, they allow the viewer to stand, as it were, “inside” the work without being overwhelmed by it. For the neon elements, I chose the narrowest available tubing with a diameter of 10 mm so that the wall piece can also be read as a drawing. I generated the formal vocabulary for Elemente als Formen, Formen als Elemente from the configurations of forms in the drawings in the Rheinland series, which was also on view in the exhibition in Bonn.


Neon tubes (10 mm diameter)

Overall 200 × 800 × 5.5 cm

Photography © Jan Bitter