Alexander Salvesen: Une forêt inestimable

A forest of shadows and neonlight in all kinds of colours.

The idea of the artwork is the forest, in this case "the priceless forest". It's a forest that is too valuable to be priced, too rich in hues to be cut down. The artwork is based around a barcode of straight lines of a 3-dimensional wooden surface and the straight neonlights that create a variety of shadows on the work. The colours of neon are restricted and do not always come in the diversity that I as an artist wish to use, but that's part of the game - like here the forest includes species and biodiversity that is not up to our liking, but it is there and it's valuable for what it is. The violent straightness of the work is connected to barcodes, and the market capitalist system that it serves.

Which kind of light sources and what other materials and equipment are used?
Neon, acrylic on wood panel.

Please provide the dimensions of the work. Approximate size will do. Please mention if the work can be adjusted. (width-height-depth):
110 (hight) x 220(length) cm

Electricity consumption:
Standard mains current (10A/16A).

Does the artwork use sound?
No sound.

Support and other structures:
The work needs support structures, hanging points, or similar.

Please state which structures, hardware or other equipment is needed from the client:
The artwork is screwed onto the wall from 6 points.

Minimum height of the space:
Approx 2.5 m

Minimum square meters of the space:
Approx 15 m2, but bigger the better.

Requirements for the space: darkness, temperature, colouring (light / dark / specific colour / other) etc.:
Dark space, white or black walls.

Building time and people required (estimate):
A few hours (done in one day).

Artist's presence:
Artist or their representative must be present during building.

Seen before at:
In Visibilis I, Galleria Saskia, Tampere, 2021; In Visibilis V, Vaasan Taidehalli, Vaasa, 2023


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