Archive: Sculptures by Herb Rosenberg

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Neon

1985

 

Initially developed in 1985 for his solo exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum, in Trenton, New Jersey, Rosenberg's neon work, the viewer never sees the naked neon bulb. He is interested in the impact of the neon glow on the metal both inside and outside of the structure which houses the light. In this way the neon light contributes to the illusory nature of the work in which the flat planes of the metal are machined to have a three-dimensionality. Later he developed a neon clock as a commercial venture. And was commissioned to make an annual award for the Mystery Writers of America. Rosenberg stopped using the neon when it became obvious to him that viewers placed far more importance on the colored light than they did with the over-all intent of the sculpture.