Curated by Suzanne PeckAPRIL 3 - MAY 2, 2015
AGLOW is a neon exhibition showcasing twelve local, national and international artists working with sculptural neon. The exhibiting artworks were selected from a global call-out for artist submissions. Each work uses primarily non-language based neon to explore themes of light, narrative, and form. Without defaulting to the written word, a common trope with this medium, AGLOW illuminates the sculptural and conceptual side of neon. The jury consisted of Brother Rutter, Work|Release founder, contemporary art collector and dedicated supporter of the arts, Jesse Scaccia, editor of AltDaily, chair of the NEON’s Public Art Committee and a member of Norfolk’s Public Art Commission and Suzanne Peck, contemporary artist, writer, educator and curator.
The exhibition features works from a diverse range of talent, from emerging to established artists, established through emerging. Included in the lineup is Ben Wright, Education Director of UrbanGlass in Brooklyn, exploring notions of myth, humor and sensuality with his mixed media work “On the Outside Looking In”. Sarah Blood, professor at Alfred University, conflates memory and nostalgia in “Contusing Without”. California-based contemporary artist, Hiromi Takizawa, creates subtle rainbow magic in “From California with Love” with her combination of impossibly thin blown glass and neon. Prize-winning work, “Treehouse”, by the local Norfolk arts group, Woodrow Collective, will illuminate the space above our heads. Clay McGlamory, professor of print media at Old Dominion University, creates a new site-specific work from disassembled parts of his past efforts. The artworks range in scale and emotional temperature, yet are united by a commitment to excellence in medium, method and intent.
AGLOW is spearheaded by curator Suzanne Peck, a New York-based artist, writer and educator. Suzanne lived in Norfolk during the fall of 2014, teaching 3D Design at Old Dominion University, making artwork at the Chrysler Museum’s Glass Studio and curating pop-up exhibitions at Glass Wheel Gallery and Range Gallery. She loves Norfolk and is thrilled to have the opportunity to continue engaging in local art dialogue.