Group Show · Synthetic Cascade

April 3, 2021 – May 31, 2021

Group Show: Jess Krichelle, Lena Daly

Synthetic Cascade  

This work, Synthetic Cascade, is a glimpse into a science fiction utopia where synthetics replicating natural forms coexist with the chemistry of life. This piece is filled with Argon, a clear inert gas that is found within our atmosphere. Adding a drop of mercury to the Argon excites it with electricity and it will emit a bright UV blue light that can fluoresce. This highly animated state of neon gas seen as light reacts with its aqueous and nocturnal surroundings. Forms appear, glowing for a brief second and then re-submerging. Braiding their intersections into synesthetic contaminations punctuated by cobalt and jellyfish blues, battery-acid greens, and neon-coral pinks.

Artist Bios

Jess Krichelle: Working in the medium for the past three years, Jess Krichelle was taught fabrication and design by Lili Lakich and tube bending from Michael Flechtner, two of the neon community’s most innovative artists. Heavily influenced by the lure of dystopian futures through science fiction and our rapidly evolving technology, Jess uses neon to explore colorful abstract figures, synthetic nature installations, and molecular structures. 

Lena Daly: Lena holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and a MFA from The University of Southern California. She has participated in solo exhibitions at Various Small Fires, Los Angeles and Aupuni Gallery, Honolulu. Group exhibitions include the Film Sector of Art Basel Miami Beach; Romer Young Gallery, San Francisco; Sade Gallery, Los Angeles; Femmebit 2019, Los Angeles; and Balice Hertling, Paris, FR. Recent projects include glassware for OmegaMart at Meow Wolf, Las Vegas opening in 2021. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.