The Installation is an extension of Kraf’t's fine art series titled Random Neon. This ongoing series implements discarded tubes, scrambling them in multi-colored layers. The tubes and locations are selected randomly. He believes that the random assortment of Neon tubes creates the effect of a jewel box because the broad spectrum of light illuminates the architectural features of the building, effectively transforming the building into something unique and special, just like a jewel box.
Kraft studio is pleased to announce a new Weekend Neon Workshop, which will run on April 20-21 from 9:30-4:30 on Saturday and 10:00-4:30 on Sunday. This weekend course is structured for those who are beginning to explore neon and those who have used the medium and intend to further their understanding and technical skills. The class is limited to 5 students. The cost of the course is $400 + the cost of a transformer (about $75), and half is due as a deposit to reserve your spot in the class. For more information or to sign up, please contact us by phone (202.588.9655) or by email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Tuesday March 7th and 8th I installed, along with two installers for the museum, a Glenn Ligon piece at the National Gallery in Washington DC. The piece measures 3′ H x 12′ W x 3 1/2″ D. It was a fairly complex installation made easier by the complete instructions from the fabricator Matt Drilling at Lite Bright Neon in Brooklyn, NY and the artist himself. The artwork was donated to the museum and will be on display on the lower level in the East Wing.
Craig was at the Baltimore Museum of Art trouble shooting the 29 year old Bruce Nauman sculpture Violins Violence Silence (exterior version). The piece is sited on the face of the museum 50 feet high. In 1998 Craig completely restored the light sculpture (except for the glass) by taking it down in 5 sections using a crane. Completing the work both at the museum and at his studio, he then re-installed it back in its original place. It was donated to the BMA by the Leo Castelli Gallery in 1983, fabricated as a temporary installation.
Craig will be hosting the 21st Annual Smithsonian Resident Associates Neon Light Workshop. For the next six weeks a group of students will have a hands on learning experience on Neon Light Sculpture.
Kraft studio is pleased to announce a new Weekend Workshop, which will run on February 25-26, 2012 from 9:30-4:30 on Saturday and 10:00-4:30 on Sunday. This weekend course is structured for those who are beginning to explore neon and those who have used the medium and intend to further their understanding and technical skills. This course is about light as a sculptural form, both how it is made and how it can be utilized in sculpture. The educational philosophy is one of openness. Students are expected to define their own goals with the aid of the instructor, who will help facilitate the free exploration of creative ideas, images, and techniques.
The class is limited to 5 students, with spaces being given on a first come, first serve basis. The cost of the course is $400 + the cost of a transformer (about $75), and half is due as a deposit to reserve your spot in the class. For more information or to sign up, please contact us by phone (202.588.9655) or by email.
The new series Drawn in the Dark received the most enthusiastic response at the (e)merge art fair. The sources for the new works were drawings made in the dark without seeing. During the process of blindly drawing over and over again compositions arose that were surprisingly related to one another. Select drawings were enlarged in neon and installed on the walls of the space.
A new work commissioned for Burkey Belser and Donna Greenfield was recently installed in their beach house in Bethany, MD.