When I walk down a dimly lit street at night and see the bright hazy glow of a neon sign, I get a chilling feeling of how sensual and primitive light can be. It’s visually mesmerizing and touches everything around it, yet it seems untouchable. The idea of illumination in sculpture fascinates me because without light there would be no visual form. When I illuminate material it is as if the tables are turned and the material is what gives the light a formal container. When light and form come together it can bring about feelings of anger, happiness, desire, loneliness or even solidarity. The underlying feeling I want to create is one of mystic beauty. I feel that when I use illuminated sculpture as a vessel for my ideas, my work feels physically distant, yet by the very nature of light and its context as artwork, it holds significance as a message that can be related directly to humanity.
Biography: Stephan Krasner is a sculpture major at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. At the academy he continues to develop his love for neon and illuminated sculpture working with noted neon artists such as David Svenson and Bill Concannon. As a teaching assistant and neon technician, Stephan has been able to explore the range of technical and conceptual possibilities offered by illuminated sculpture. Stephan’s recent work is influenced by his travels to Japan, where in 2004 he worked as a traveling journeyman for a period of six months. There he gained a great respect for the Asian culture and sensibility which in turn influenced his sculptures and light installations. The interactive light sculpture: “Transpecific Parenting” is a personal narrative of his experience living as a child in a divorce situation, in which he had to commute every other week between his parents’ houses. The sculpture allows the viewer to press illuminated buttons that link domestic images showing different options between homes, schools and relationships that denote the drama played out when navigating these personal territories. Stephan’s recent exhibitions include The Glass Art Convention, in St. Louis where his work was included in The Museum of Neon Art’s traveling light exhibition. Recent awards include Best Neon Sculpture, and Third Place Best of Show in the annual Spring Show at the Academy of Art. In 2006, he will do an apprenticeship with Bill Concannon and his light sculptures will be featured in several exhibitions throughout the country.
Country: United States of America
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