Brigitte Kowanz, ‘UN CLIMATE CHANGE CONFERENCE PARIS 30.11.2015 12.12.2015’, 2017, Galerie Nikolaus Ruzicska

The artist

About Brigitte Kowanz

Brigitte Kowanz is known for creating evocative sculptures, installations, and environments with a decidedly non-physical medium: light. Since the early 1980s, she has been exploring both the utilitarian and conceptual resonances of light with neon tubing, LED bulbs, aluminum, mirrors, and text. She draws upon such multidisciplinary sources as advertising, architecture, film, music, and the history of painting for inspiration. In her early works, Kowanz arranged colored lights into objects, installations, and projections to reflect upon the way light permeates space, time, and our perceptions. Later, she began incorporating language into her work—forming text from neon tubing—to highlight the ways in which language shapes our world and identities. Through her use of mirrors, Kowanz aims to break down the boundaries between art and life, drawing viewers into her illuminated visions.

Austrian, b. 1957, based in Vienna, Austria