Another statement from an artist I’m seeing now as a cross between VIcki DaSilva and Dan Flavin — Bruce Nauman’s work, One Hundred Live and Die, is absolutely chilling to me:
From the post at The Fox is Black:
One Hundred Live and Die is what many consider to be Nauman’s masterpiece. Sad and hopeful, One Hundred flickers through each possible flippant, mundane, and tragic way to live or die in a blaze of neon exuberance. Each phrase (“LAUNCH AND LIVE,” “FALL AND DIE,” “SPIT AND LIVE,” etc.) light the room with its orange, blue, white, or whatever color it may be. It paints the room and provides a surprisingly profound commentary on life, telling a story with each phrase, reiterating just how fucked up life can be (which may elicit tears, laughter, or blank stares). In the end, One Hundred resonates with all one hundred phrases lit, blindingly beautiful and a little overwhelming.
I’m telling you, I found a metric crap-ton of these How It’s Made videos relating to light and the lighting industries. Me and my addictive personality! (SHUT UP, GUYUTE)
It is stunning to watch this man in the video work with the glass tube – it is truly an art. I learned to work with glass in undergraduate school at a glassblowing studio in rural Illinois – a pool of glass in its molten state is one of the most beautiful things in the world.
Check out the video – very cool!
Hacked Gadgets Forum posted some Youtube video of some goofing around with a Neon transformer and a light bulb. Thi is pretty cool stuff!
Now do I recommend that you do this? Not unless you are so certain of the precautions and measures you need to take to ensure a clean, safe experiment. There’s usually no “oops factor” with electricity, yo.