Ron Ferri, Epic Neon Installation, USA, 1978

Ron Ferri, Epic Neon Installation, USA, 1978
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Ron Ferri, Epic Neon Installation, USA, 1978

A pioneer in the use of neon tubes in the 1970s, Ron Ferri was commissioned to create this Epic Neon Installation for Commercial Union in 1978.  That same year the piece was featured on the cover of The Designer, a publication read by professional designers and architects.  The work has been in a private collection since the late 1970s and has only now been made available to the public.   One of Ferri’s largest works, the Epic Neon Installation consist of four glossy black plexiglass panels that have a graduated pattern of white neon tubes creating a striking play of contrast and line.

Ron Ferri is a master at making the ordinary extraordinary.  Both creatively and conceptually ahead of his time, his visual take on the everyday is what truly sets him apart.  Beginning in the late 1960s Ferri began working with materials like neon and plexiglass to create unique works of art and design as well as large scale installations.  The chic simplicity of his work found an eager audience throughout the 1970s and 80s.  His work has been championed and collected by an illustrious clientele including Ian Schrager, Carly Simon, Eileen & Jerry ford and Jack Nicholson.

Ferri’s work is in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA, New York), the Smithsonian American Museum (Washington, DC), the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), the Muse’e d’ Art Moderne (Saint-Etienne, France).

Dimensions: 72h x 192w x 5d inches

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