Agaricus Brasiliensis / Volts VI, 2005


John M. Armleder

Wall painting (orange), 21 neon rings (green)
Variable dimensions

© 2006, John M. Armleder

Image copyright Stefan Altenburger

The idea of a light and animated space, somewhat straight, yet whimsical, seemed entertaining enough to serve as a backdrop, box or wrap for a relaxing snack. I certainly hope it works that way.

Twenty-one light green, illuminated, differently sized neon rings − or "bubbles" as Armleder calls them − are positioned on one wall, while, on the other, is a grid of painted orange dots. Armleder's work has always been playful and cheerful, and accepting of the idea of decor. But what message is he trying to get across here? Armleder's work can be hard to pin down. His sources are numerous: He talks about using a "supermarket of forms" − in this case drawing from what he calls the "reservoir" of geometric abstraction. In terms of Agaricus Brasiliensis / Volts VI he explains: "The idea of a light and animated space, somewhat straight, yet whimsical, seemed entertaining enough to serve as a backdrop, box or wrap for a relaxing snack. I certainly hope it works that way".