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completed August 1994
11" X 11" X 2.5"
This was an exercise in complexity for me. There are 256 neon lamps mounted in a 16 X 16 array on a circuit board that I designed. The circuitry causes groups of about 8 lamps to flash in widely dispersed groups about 2 times per second.
Close up showing
the hundreds of beige capacitors and
(barely visible) resistors and diodes that comprise this simple,
yet complex design.
Each lamp is surrounded by a circuit called a "neon relaxation oscillator". The circuit consists of a diode, resistor, capacitors and the lamp itself. The components are connected to 120VAC in such a way that the capacitors build up an DC electrical charge over time to a level that causes an arc across the electrodes inside the neon lamp that is seen as a brief flash of orange light. The capacitors are wired in a network so that the discharge of one lamp depletes the stored power in it's region.
See movies of this artwork:
|11/94 - 6/95||Holmes Fine Art, San Jose, CA|
|2/97 - 3/97||“Organic Inter-reactions Of A Perfect Order”
RTKL International Exhibit Gallery, Los Angeles
|3/20/03 - 7/6/03||"info@blah: Overload and Organization"
The Mills Gallery of the Boston Center for the Arts, Boston, MA.
|1/7/05 - 2/25/05||"Light in the Dark"
SPACE Gallery, Portland, Maine
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