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Neon DogsDeepa Mann-Kler (Northern Ireland)
Inspired by balloon dogs at children’s parties, this joyful collection of twelve neon dogs made audiences smile.
Grouped together near Trafalgar Square for Lumiere London 2016, these colourful canines – complete with bones, leads and dog mess brought out the big kid inside all of us.
Deepa Mann-Kler first produced this installation for Lumiere Derry~Londonderry in 2013 when Neon Dogs was one of five installations commissioned as part of the Lumiere Derry~Londonderry 2013 BRILLIANT competition for anyone based in or originally from the area with a bright idea for an installation. They were positioned in the Walker Courtyard at the Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall.
Deepa has a growing interest in working with neon:
I chose glass and neon as a medium because it conveys light; because it shines at its brightest when it is darkest and because of the fragility of the glass containing the gases. Neon can be used to illuminate ideas, feelings, memories and emotions. I also find the fragility combined with the strength of glass highly appealing.
Originally from Nottingham, Mann-Kler has exhibited internationally including solo and group exhibitions in Ireland, America, Germany and China. In 2011 she was made artist in residence with the Belfast playwright Martin Lynch. The Centre for Creative Practices in Dublin selected Mann-Kler’s photography project, Perceptions, for the Migrant Artists On Ireland Series 2013. In 2013 she was awarded the Individual Artist Award by the Culture Company as part of the Derry~Londonderry City of Culture celebrations. Mann-Kler lives and works in Killyleagh, County Down.
Another installation by Deepa Mann-Kler, Teenage Kicks, was part of Lumiere Derry-Londonderry 2013.