Warren Neidich @ LACE, Los Angeles, Jun 15 – Aug 18

, 14 June 2016

Warren Neidich is presenting solo exhibition The Palinopsic Field at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions (LACE), opening June 15 and running to August 14.

The show will feature painting, neon sculpture and installation by the LA-based artist revisiting the Second Red Scare and the Lavender Scare of the 1950s under rule of McArthyism, held in parallel to the growing racist and homophobic sentiments of the current US election cycle.

The two installations called ‘The Afterimage Paintings’ and the ‘The Archive of False Accusations’ feature neon light sculptures spelling out the names of blacklisted writers —Dalton Trumbo, Lester Cole, Ring Lardner Jr. and Alvah Bessie —and vitrines of news and magazines clippings from Los Angeles LGBT archives lit by a neon lavender light, respectively.

The vitrines will feature outrageous headlines like ‘Perverts in Government’ and ‘Inquiry By Senate on Perverts Asked’, while the neon sculptures of ‘Afterimage Paintings’ series invoke so-called palinopsia, where the afterimage of the artist’s names will fall on the empty Hollywood star beside it when you look at it.

See the LACE website for details.**

Header image: Warren Neidich, ‘Dalton Trumbo’ (2014) from the series Afterimage Paintings. Courtesy the artist.