ThE FUTURE IS neon
Electrifying artist Alicia Eggert illuminates hope
In dark times, the philosophical artist’s carefully chosen words and playful neon sculptures inspire wonder and hope of a brighter future
Drawing inspiration from astrophysics, existential philosophy, semiotics and commercial signs, her signs create a questioning of one’s experience of reality. Messages on flashing neon billboards shapeshift in front of your eyes: “This present moment used to be the unimaginable future” transforms into “This moment used to be the future” and “All the light you see is from the past” becomes “All you see is past.” “FOREVER” appears and disappears in the fog. Cosmic signs seem to reveal the relationship between reality and possibility. Installations beckon people to reflect, to ponder their place in the world and the role they play in it. AHA!
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If we can imagine a better world we are one step closer to making it real.Alicia Eggert
Alicia Eggert’s influences
– My biggest influences are the conceptual artists who paved the way for working with language as a material: Joseph Kosuth, Bruce Nauman, Lawrence Weiner and Barbara Kruger.
– I am also inspired by artists who work with light, perception, time, and the environment, such as Katie Paterson, Christian Marclay, James Turrell and Agnes Denes.
– I find Jenny Holzer’s work particularly exciting right now because of how it directly addresses current social and political issues, such as climate change and gun violence, with very powerful temporary activations in public spaces.