Norman Moore in The Ramp Gallery, December 8–January 19, 2014

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This body of work represents Norman Moore’s interest in combining unusual phenomena such as illuminated surfaces and plasma filled glass tubes to interpret the formal artistic juxtapositions of branching shapes and cross hatching. The artists aims for compositions with deep emotional connections.

With these pieces, he attempts to express an unfulfilled desire to find a balance between nature and technology; between art and commercialization. Creating art with neon light, says the artist, requires an extreme amount of control and sensitivity on the part of the artist to not end up with a commercial sign or piece of electronic kitsch.

His choice of neon light modified by phosphors allows for a broad spectrum of color and subtlety not found in LEDs. In addition, in spite of its scientific character, neon is very much a hand-crafted art. To emphasize the importance of working with his hands and his personal intent, Moore has used expressive strokes and manipulated the glass tubes in an organic way.

About Norman Moore
Norman Moore received his BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and MFA in sculpture from Pratt Institute and went on to study neon art at Urban Glass in Brooklyn, NY. He teaches neon-illuminated sculpture and has been with the Crucible since 2004. His work includes explorations of plasma light from various gasses and the use of light conductive materials. Norman worked as an artist in New York for several years where he made sculpture using kinetics, video and light. He co-produced performances in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with Carol Kueffer and was a member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Artists’ Coalition (BWAC). Norman has shown his light sculpture at the Museum of Neon Art in Los Angeles, the Bedford Gallery of the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, and Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco.

For more information please visit http://www.thecrucible.org

About The Ramp Gallery
The Ramp Gallery accepts exhibition proposals on a continual basis. Submission Guidelines can be found here. To purchase work on display or for more information email gallery@somarts.org. You can visit The Ramp gallery any time SOMArts Cultural Center is open.

Pictured Above, “Western Expansion,” by Norman Moore 2012