About the exhibition
The Art House and Neon Workshops have partnered to bring the work of neon artist Fred Tschida to Europe for the first time
CIRCLESPHERE marks ten years since Neon Workshops was established in Wakefield, and 20 years since its founder – artist Richard William Wheater – was introduced to Fred Tschida’s alternative explorations in neon, as his student at Alfred University.It was while studying in New York that Wheater discovered Tschida’s kinetic sculpture ‘Sphere (2000), which he cites as the piece that made him fall in love with neon. The exhibition is a celebration of both this moment and Fred Tschida’s lifelong obsession with light and movement as an art form, as well as Wheater’s determination to introduce the world to an un-sung neon master.
Located across two venues
The Art House
CIRCLESPHERE includes six gas-filled glass illuminated sculptures, revolving on free-standing wooden frames, each between 2.1m and 2.8m tall. The pieces, entitled ‘Frederick Carder Vase Forms’ will be displayed across two floors at The Art House, alongside work from Tschida’s former student turned collaborator, Richard William Wheater.
CIRCLESPHERE will be accompanied by ‘SPHERE’, a huge rotating neon-circle, which will feature at 7A, Neon Workshops’ project space, filling the 3000 sq. ft warehouse space.
This one is not to be missed.
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Programme of events
A programme of events, workshops and talks will run alongside FRED TSCHIDA: CIRCLESPHERE 29 September – 28 November 2021
With the help of some of our creative friends and collaborators, The Art House and Neon Workshop teams have curated a range of immersive neon experiences just for you.
From workshops to help you navigate the challenges and creative opportunities of photographing neon, to pop-up restaurants and music performances that respond to Fred Tschida’s neon sculptures in motion, the programme is packed full of exciting ways to explore this iconic and endangered art form.
“A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE PROBLEMS WITH WHAT DOESN’T EXIST, THESE THINGS COULD BE SKETCHES OR WHATEVER. BUT FOR ME THEY’RE FINISHED AND COMPLETE.” – Fred Tschida
Fred Tschida – CIRCLESPHERE publication
The limited edition publication CIRCLESPHERE which accompanies the exhibition is now available to pre- order.
Designed and published by Neon Workshops to accompany the Fred Tschida exhibition CIRCLESPHERE. A partnership between Neon Workshops and The Art House, 2021. This stunning artifact contains exceptional litho printed photographs of generous scale by David Lindsay and essays by Dr Kerry Harker & Luis de Miranda.
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The exhibition contains work that may not be safe for some people with epilepsy or other forms of photosensitivity.
At The Art House:
Six sculptures featuring neon tubes rotating at 32 revolutions per minute
One sculpture featuring a 22-ft static neon tube
One large circular neon tube rotating at 15 revolutions per minute
If you are concerned about the work affecting you but would like to observe the work switched off, please contact The Art House to arrange your visit.
Header Image: SPHERE, 2021, Neon, metal.
©Fred Tschida, Courtesy The Art House and Neon Workshops.
Photograph by David Lindsay.