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Vong Phaophanit, b.1961

Line Writing1994

Vong Phaophanit’s ‘Line Writing’ was commissioned for a series of programmes entitled ‘From Beyond the Pale’ which ran at IMMA in 1994. When it is installed, an intense rectangle of red light emanates from ‘Line Writing’ through an open doorway into the courtyard of the museum. Inside the room beyond the doorway, which cannot be crossed, a section of floorboards have been removed and six strips of red neon with words in Laotian script pass through the exposed joists. The words are not translated and the red neon transforms the white cube space. The use of neon and Laotian, their placement, literally embedded in the foundations of an environment which is iconic in western culture, point to a powerful and pervasive interaction.

Medium6 rows of red neon with Laotian script
Dimensions 700 x 150 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Purchase, 1995
Item NumberIMMA.624
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Vong Phaophanit, Line Writing, 1994, 6 rows of red neon with Laotian script, 700 x 150 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Purchase, 1995

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Vong Phaophanit b.1961

Vong Phaophanit was born in Laos. He studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts, Aix en Provence, France, and moved to the UK in 1985. Phaophanit creates large scale installations in materials including rice, rubber, silk, ash and neon. He has exhibited internationally since the 1990s and was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1993. Phaophanit has taught at Chelsea College of Art and Design, London, Wimbledon College of Art, London and the University of East London.

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