In the circular cage of Neon Circle, scientist-turned-artist Höller has created a transformative space and one of his ‘influential environments’. Höller’s works are often reminiscent of laboratory experiments : pushing artistic experimentation to an extra-sensory level. Shifting patterns of white neon light circle. The viewer stands centre stage or circumnavigates the outside. The colour white soon becomes questionable and colour invades. The work tests the limits and connections between body, brain and eye; challenging our ability to perceive and react in a profoundly disruptive environment. Höller holds a doctorate in Biology and has done research into perception. He has exhibited internationally for over two decades including major solo exhibitions at Tate Modern, MASS MoCA, Guggenheim, New Museum and the Hayward Gallery.
Aluminium, 186 neon tubes, electro-distributor, single-phase transformer, computer, cables
230 x 460 x 460 cm
Sculptural Electronic Media Installation
Henry Art Gallery, University of Washington, Seattle
Gift of William and Ruth True
Carsten Höller (1961, Belgium) applies his training as a scientist in his work as an artist. He has shown internationally for two decades, including major installations at Tate Modern, MASS MoCA, The Double Club, London, Guggenheim Museum, 2009. Solo exhibitions include Fondazione Prada, Milan (2000); ICA Boston (2003); Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille (2004); Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria (2008); Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam (2010); Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (2011), New Museum, NY (2011), TBA 21, Vienna (2014), National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2014–15). In 2015, Carsten will exhibit at the Venice Biennale and will have a major exhibition at Hayward Gallery, London. Represented by Gagosian Gallery, London, NY, Air de Paris, Massimo di Carlo, Milano.