Artist Talk: Jon Geiger
February 15, 2018 | 7:30 PM
Chapman Foundations Recital Hall
Jon Geiger is an artist with Colorado roots—he received his BFA from CU Boulder in 2010 before going on to earn his MFA from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2014. He was a Black Cube Nomadic Museum Fellow in 2016, working under curator Cortney Lane Stell, who works with artists to manifest new and often challenging works for public spaces. Geiger's ROAM has been installed across four different sites on Colorado's Front Range since 2016—the Ent Center for the Arts is the fifth.
In conceiving ROAM, Geiger took cues Western iconography—specifically neon signage, billboards, and tumbleweeds—to create this tumbling light sculpture. The sculpture is a 26-foot wide abstracted and animated white neon tumbleweed—the five panels each illuminate left to right, creating a rolling movement of light. ROAM sets a cinematic scene after dark, activating the surrounding landscape in dramatic fashion. With the Ent Center for the Arts and a natural grass hill as backdrop, and University Village shopping center directly across the street, the work is placed in ideal context. As Black Cube shares about the project on their site: "For Geiger, both the tumbleweed and neon are...symbols of isolation, vibrancy, and commerce." He sees this work as a beacon with a "cold, soft glow that pulls in passersby like mosquitoes to a bug zapper."
More about the artist at jonpgeiger.com.