Nicole Cohen dishes on the neon sign art craze

Before I even get to the blog post, I just have to say that the only thing I miss about NYC is the freakin WiFi. If you only knew how many times I had to refresh my bullshit browser and reload, and wait for pictures to upload…. UGH. I spent 45 minutes just going back and forth between our wifi and the neighbors, then I just left the pictures to load and went and did some stuff, came back and it’s still a disaster.

Anyway, art trends are as weird and random as any other trend. And one of the biggest in art this year has been neon sign wordage… It’s everywhere/ was all over Basel etc. I’m not sure how I feel about it. First there is the romantic work of Britartist Tracey Emin and the artists she’s inspired. It’s a bit saccharine for my taste, even though its supposed to be moving and romantic and deeply personal. I get it, I just wouldn’t hang it.

Then there are the more sarcastic/ironic pieces by artists like Tim Etchells. I find the whole thing strange…even as I admit there is something kinda cool about it. Taking the seediness of neon lights – once used just for store fronts and in “edgy” college dorms, and putting it into glamorous apartments -it’s interesting? Why cant I flesh out my opinion on this? I don’t know.

Anyway, this entire post is just to say that you can totally get/make your own neon signage by buying individual letters from Michele Varian. (What would I even want to write on my wall? Any ideas?) That way when the neon headache glow sets in, you can unplug without having spent thousands of dollars. (JOKE JOKE!)

Thoughts? I’d love to hear yours!