Neon: In the Limelight - (Alana Hall)

This bright and vibrant gallery includes an awe-striking collection of neon light displays, signs, and installations from Asia. Neon lighting is created by encasing neon, a noble gas which gives off an orange light, inside a variety of glass tubing. Other gases and chemicals are used to produce other colors.

The subject in this photo is a portion of Portland Street in Mongkok, Kowloon. The photographer, Bona Liu, captured this image keeping variety in mind. The viewer's eye will wander around and through this photo to take in all of the different colors and positions of the signs on Portland Street.
The subject in this photo is, of course, the appropriately named neon red tubing floating through the air. Artist Huang Pei-Ying uses neon tubing as her medium for the first time in this work of art. Huang uses a formal element of art, line, to establish a soft and sensual experience.
The subject of this photo, the Chinese Palace, was one of Hong Kong's most popular night clubs in the 1970's. The artist of this particular collection of neon tubing matter-of-factly uses line and color to capture the personality of this well known night club. The contrast in shapes and lines keep the viewer's eyes locked. The yellow neon tubing is the largest part of the sign's personality because it is the color that was reserved for China's emperors.
Photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze captures the beautiful neon sign for the iconic Tsui Wah, a Hong Kong style restaurant, that has several branches. This particular sign is from the Parkles Street branch. The artist interestingly doubles up on the use of lines and magnificently blended the colors.
In this photo, taken by photographer Romain Jacquet-Lagreze, is a pawn shop sign on Jordan Road. The artist of this neon sign uses colors that makes the viewer think of Chinese royalty. The artist also interestingly uses a pattern for the outline of this sign, instead of simple straight lines.
The subject in this photo is an installation with an interesting mixture of mediums, neon and velvet. The artist, Shim Youngchurl, captures and holds the viewer's attention with different textures as her main element of art. Although the purpose of this work of art is unclear, there is emphasis on the symbol revealed behind the tear of the velvet curtain.
Artist Leung Kui-ting uses the art elements, line and texture and an intuitive variety for his principal of design. On either side of the neon tubing are scholar's rocks, drawn with traditional fine lines and dots. These represent the literati culture of China's past. The neon red tubing represents today's ever-present digital elements of design.
The subject in this photograph, courtesy of Romain Jacquet-Lagreze, is the neon sign for a 24/24 restaurant on Tung Choi Street in Mong Kok. The artist uses repetition of shapes and color as the principal of design here. The viewers eyes are easily guided through this flowing design with the help of squares familiarly appearing on the top half of the sign, while a rainbow of colors is used throughout the entirety of the sign.
The subject of this photo, taken by Bona Liu, is the man sitting in front of the neon signs, selling his handicrafts. Nevertheless, emphasis is applied to the artistic arrangement of neon tubing. The comfortable circular shape and easy to distinguish colors of these signs are what attracts the viewer and potential consumer.
The subject in this photo is the floating neon foot. The importance and attraction of this sign is universal. The articulate use of line and color as formal elements create the different pressure points of the human foot. There is a lack of word use for this neon sign, yet even travelers with no knowledge of the native language in Wan Chai could figure out what is being advertised here at 339 Lockhart Road.
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