Meet N. Chamberlain, Another Contemporary Critical Eye on all things Linear and Neon
The series of photographs, #neonlinedrawing, draw lines into a world of societal means of communication and cognitive reasoning. As an often synthetical mark upon the earth, a neon line drawing may invoke a plethora of reactions such as, esoteric enthusiasm for the exotic, screaming sonorities for the silent, or discernment of the dehumanization of danger. The form of the lines depicted in the series may vary from the precision of Bauhaus to the avant-garde tendencies of Wassily Kandinsky. In a retrieval from surrealist means, a neon line drawing in the most objective light may be a mode of axis suggesting a directional emphasis or a serendipitous meshing of color and line acting as a decoration on a given landscape. Like the manner in which Gertrude Stein would idiosyncratically play with words, #neonlinedrawing depicts the unity and repetition of the synthetical form discovered throughout the given landscape. The assonance within the title of the series itself acts as a representative of how ubiquitous and repetitive the form of the line drawing may be. However, the #neonlinedrawing leads the viewer into a place beyond objectivity. The lines therefore become a guide for the decontextualized thoughts of a person that endlessly float adrift. At the end of each line lies hope for a resolution. Thus, #neonlinedrawing presents itself as the zeitgeist of a new era in art- modern objectivity depicting the commonality of contemporary line forms upon a landscape juxtaposed with the cognitive and spiritual ambiguity of neo-romanticism. What is #neonlinedrawing? Where is #neonlinedrawing? Who is #neonlinedrawing?
Meet Slai, Contemporary Art Critic with thoughts on my #NeonLineDrawing
The #NeonLineDrawing was born out of an artist’s yearning to imbue sense into the chaotic sensory overload that was her urban life.
Each element builds on the one before and thus must be examined piecemeal before gathered together to understand the collective whole:
Shocking, unnatural, and altogether brash, “neon” is a signature lovechild of the 80s, with its big hair, heavily synthesized music, and explosion of technological advances. As a color genre, neon is seldom found in nature but represents the excess of the decade and the ones to follow. A delight to young Mission hipsters and an eyesore to the old moneyed classes of Snob Hill, does there exist a more polarizing color palette?
"Line" is the simplest form that exists (other than dots, which are just interrupted lines, as the artist’s body of work as shown through Instagram demonstrates). Here the artist seeks to juxtapose the ostentation of neon with the overly pared down form of the line. A neon line is at turns cheeky and clean, indiscreet and a caution that danger lies ahead.
As creation is a fundamental part of the story of humanity, “drawing” represents the artist’s efforts to synthesize the sights around her, to create found art with a flick of the eyes. Truly, it is a recognition that art is all around; it needs not follow conventional standards of beauty to be considered valuable, and perhaps the visceral artifice of the #NeonLineDrawing serves to mask enigmatic waters of deep significance while rebuffing ill-equipped seekers of false truth.
”..how fresh like frilled linen clean from a laundry laid in wicker trays the roses looked; and dark and prim the red carnations, holding their heads up; and all the sweet peas spreading in their bowls, tinged violet, snow white, pale—as if it were the evening and girls in muslin frocks came out to pick sweet peas and roses after the superb summer’s day, with its almost blue-black sky, its delphiniums, its carnations, its arum lilies was over; and it was the moment between six and seven when every flower—roses, carnations, irises, lilac—glows; white, violet, red, deep orange; every flower seems to burn by itself, softly, purely in the misty beds..” Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, 1925