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Bethan Huws (Welsh, b.1961)
LOT ID: 88827
Tour, 2007

Mixed Media, clear tubing with neon gas, mounted to Plexiglass
30 х 15.75 х 15.75 in. (76.2 x 40.01 x 40.01 cm.)
Unsigned
Edition of 7 + 1 AP
Lot description
Mounted on a rectangular cube, "Tour," a radiant neon lighting structure, spurts glowing electricity through a tall extension of clear tubes. Small, finger-like tubes extend up and outward from each of the five tiers of circular tubes, creating a structure resembling a bottle drying rack. Referencing the bottle rack from 1914 that Marcel Duchamp presciently considered to be an "already made" sculpture, "Tour" examines the history of the readymade and its implications in Conceptual Art. Here, Bethan Huws provokes a confrontation between eternal beauty and a pragmatic, household object. This ambiguous and enigmatic sculpture, although made of industrial, modern commodities, exudes a sense of spirituality, tranquility, and mystery.

Neon measures: 30 x 15.75 x 15.75 in. (76 x 40 x 40 cm)
Platform measures: 5.5 x 33.58 x 33.58 in. 14 x 85.5 x 85.5 cm)
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