Gods Own Junkyard, Chris Bracey

Chris Bracey e l’eccentrico neon

“When you transform the words into light and you make it a neon become giants, breathtaking and make the people think”.

Hands of God, Chris Bracey, 2013
HANDS OF GOD, 2013

Originario di Londra, Chris Bracey, ha iniziato la sua carriera disegnando insegne luminose per i Sex Shop di Soho, noto quartiere a luci rosse, ed ora viene soprannominato ‘il re del neon’. Per oltre trent’anni ha creato, con l’utilizzo della luce, scritte, insegne, opere d’arte. Secondo l’artista, le parole restano piccole finché le dici o le scrivi ma quando le trasformi in luce e ne crei un neon diventano giganti, mozzafiato e fanno pensare la gente. Il suo laboratorio è un inno al kitsch, un cimitero di neon da cui attinge per creare le sue opere richieste soprattutto nel campo cinematografico e della moda. In seguito ad un incontro casuale negli anni ’80 con l’Art Director del film ‘Mona Lisa’, gli viene chiesto aiuto per ottenere il permesso di girare alcune scene in un club e Bracey in cambio del permesso chiede di partecipare alla costruzione del set. Da puntellatore di neon per set cinematografici, in pochi anni inizia a collaborare con alcuni dei maggiori registi Hollywoodiani. Il suo lavoro può essere visto in film diversi come ‘Batman’, ‘Blade Runner’ e ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. Ha lavorato per grandi nomi come Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, David La Chapelle e Stella McCartney, ma sempre nell’ombra almeno per il grande pubblico.

Il neon, come unica forma d’arte, compone l’ultima parte della sua carriera. Con il suo mix di abilità e glamour di Hollywood, il lavoro di Chris Bracey ha maturato molta celebrità tra le star: Jude Law, Kate Moss, Elton John e Lady Gaga sono stati tutti suoi collezionisti. Chris, per la sua ultima esposizione a Soho, ha raccolto e recuperato vecchi neon, lampadine, pubblicità luminose dalle strade e, una volta riparati, insieme al suo gusto eccentrico, è stato in grado di farli brillare come gioielli di luce.

 

Sain and Sin, Chris Bracey, 2011
SAINT AND SIN, 2011

Crish Bracey and the eccentric neon

A native of London, Chris Bracey, began his career designing illuminated signs for Sex Shop in Soho, known red light district, and now his nickname is ‘the Neon kings’. For more than three decades with the use of light it created writings, signs, works of art. According to the artist, the words remain small until you say or write, but when it becomes light and create a neon become giants, breathtaking and make the people think. His workshop is a hymn to the kitsch, a neon graveyard from which to draw to create his works required especially in the field of cinema and fashion. After a chance encounter in the ’80s with the Art Director of the film’ Mona Lisa ‘, he asked for help to get permission to shoot some scenes in a club and Bracey in exchange for permission asked to participate in the construction of the set. By propping neon for film sets, in a few years he began to collaborate with some of Hollywood directors. His work can be seen in films as diverse as ‘Batman’, ‘Blade Runner’ and ‘Eyes Wide Shut’. He has worked for big names such as Tim Burton, Stanley Kubrick, David LaChapelle and Stella McCartney, but always in the shade at least for the general public.

Neon, as a unique art form, made up the last part of his career. With its mix of skill and glamor of Hollywood, the work of Chris Bracey has gained a lot of celebrities among the stars: Jude Law, Kate Moss, Elton John and Lady Gaga were all of his collectors. Chris, for his last exhibition in Soho, has collected and reclaimed old neon lights, advertising light from roads and, once repaired, along with his eccentric taste, has been able to make them shine like jewels of light.

Gabriel, Chris Bracey, 2011
GABRIEL, 2011

 

Credits: https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2014/nov/12/chris-bracey

Photo Credits: http://www.godsownjunkyard.co.uk/