Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Neil Wax

Brought to you by Neil Wax!

neil-wax-panic neil-wax-prolonged-agony
neil-wax-inner-turmoil neil-wax-loss
neil-wax-anger neil-wax-anxiety
neil-wax-regret neil-wax-schadenfreude
neil-wax-despair neil-wax-burden
neil-wax-doom neil-wax-angst
neil-wax-self-sabotage neil-wax-spite
neil-wax-pain neil-wax-malaise
neil-wax-rage neil-wax-self-pity
neil-wax-guilt neil-wax-fear
neil-wax-cruelty neil-wax-dread
neil-wax-blame neil-wax-failure
neil-wax-ennui neil-wax-ruin
neil-wax-shame neil-wax-misery

About the artist...

Neil Wax was born in November of 1974 in Pennsylvania, in a suburb outside of Philadelphia. Mr. Wax received his BA in English from Franklin Pierce University in southern New Hampshire. As a Kennedy Center American Theatre Award finalist for playwriting, Neil returned to Philadelphia to work in regional theatre and shortly after co-founded a non-profit theatre company which focused on text-based works from new writers.

In 1999, Neil began to work on a part-time basis in the sign industry, initially as a designer and fabricator. In the course of time, he became familiar with all aspects of the business and eventually worked as a consultant to start-up sign companies throughout the United States and Europe. 2003 brought him to Los Angeles where he continued his career in the sign world; now as an independent contractor, specializing in galleries and museums as a provider of exhibition graphics and signage.

Surrounded by works of art, Neil began to feel pangs of the creative urge which he had not known since his time in theatre. He turned his understanding of signage manufacturing materials and equipment toward the creation of art objects. Initially making such works for his edification alone, Neil was finally encouraged by a gallery owner to exhibit his pieces in 2005. He met with quick success by producing an appealing satire of the banal consumer good which stirs a playful "shock (or mock) of recognition" within the viewer.

Considering his own material as "post-post-post pop", through juxtapositional use of color, shape, and text, Mr. Wax is able to articulate his fascination with our consumer culture. The corporate co-optation of human emotions, the ubiquity and sentimentality of plastics, the seductive false promises in the language of PR, and the biased value judgments placed on feeling "good" versus "bad" are all themes discussed in his work.

His work has been featured in numerous galleries throughout Los Angeles, New York, and Tokyo, as well as in the basement of the Getty Center.

Works are available for purchase here and here.

Bio found here.


Trissta said...

Hmmmm... I'm torn on this one. I love the idea. I love it. Looking through them, there are just so many of them! I love the vintage quality of them. Makes you think.

PS. Thor. That would be an epic battle between you and me to see who would get him. ;) HE'S MINE!

Much Love,

Elle Sees said...

love the vintage "font" (idk the correct wordage) of these. ah, false promises...

Lorena said...

I actually like these...
I'd display self pity and misery as they usually go together.

Kathryn said...

Interesting...only thing is I don't like the whole Debbie Downer feel...who would want to spray or pour anything depressing. Would be better if it was things like, "Joy", "Happiness", "Hope", "Success".

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