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The creative force behind our neon art

British artist David Ogle’s Light Traces art is transporting viewers through a magical landscape as part of The Winter Forest.

From neon treelike structures in Finsbury Avenue Square and Exchange House to his enigmatic landscapes photographed for outdoor cubes at Exchange Square and as part of his installation at 201 Bishopsgate, David's work will leave you moved and uplifted.  

To find out more, Broadgate's Art Curator, Rosie Glenn, walked through Broadgate with the artist...

The Loomings landscapes you've captured are very powerful, tell me more about your connection with these spaces...
My aim is to capture the movement of the elements, and sometimes the people, across these beautiful and remote places. For me it’s a kind of performance. Using impermanent elements such as LED lights and smoke, I find I can capture the essence of the space, while my photographer, Andrew Brooks, documents the scene I create.

And all within the great tradition of British landscape painting?
Yes, there is an echo of artists such as Turner within my work, I’m a great admirer of the late-18th and 19th-century Romantic tradition of landscape painting.

Walking now towards Lumen, your sculptural installation inside Exchange House, I’m captivated by the vibrant colour and stunning reflections.
I instinctively knew that this space would provide a strong location for these works; again, it’s about my response to the setting and, here, in the atrium of Exchange House, the tree-like structures form a kind of luminous canopy of interlocking neon branches, enveloping the space, not only in colour and light, but also with the most incredible dancing reflections throughout.

Our last stop is the second part of your Lumen presentation, this time outside in Finsbury Avenue Square. These create quite a spectacle, it’s seems you’re offering the viewer an immersive environment?
Yes, this is another vital aspect of my creative practice. Set here in this external space, the artwork produces an oasis of light, beneath which the viewer can explore and experience my artwork. Entering a dream-like setting, bathed in a vibrant glow, Lumen helps people to feel set-apart from the hustle and bustle of everyday encounters, perfect for this hectic time of year!

From now until 12th January 2018, Light Traces will be at the following locations.  

Lumen | Finsbury Avenue Square and Exchange House Atrium 
Lumen is an installation of tree-like structures forming a luminous canopy of interlocking neon branches, shrouding the space in colour and light. Lumen was commissioned by Illuminating York in 2016. 

Loomings | 201 Bishopsgate and the art cubes at Broadgate Plaza (9th December-5th January 2018). 
Loomings, part of an ongoing project by Ogle, documents artworks the artist has produced in remote landscapes across Northern England and Wales. Aiming to harness the dramatic landscapes of these sites, Ogle traces the movements of the elements with smoke and LED lights, allowing the environmental characteristics to shape the final composition.

Tensure ease of access on arrival at Exchange House and 201 Bishopsgate, please confirm your visit in advance with Broadgate’s Art Curator, Rosie Glenn on rg@rosieglennfineart.co.uk

Loomings is supported by funding from Arts Council England and the Clwydian Range & Dee Valley AONB and the assistance of staff at Ainsdale Nature Reserve & Sand Dunes. Photography and videography is by Andrew Brooks. 

Light Traces has been produced and curated by Mark Devereux Projects (markdevereuxprojects.com) alongside Broadgate’s Art Curator, Rosie Glenn (rosieglenn.co.uk). 

Share your photos on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook @BroadgateLondon #BroadgateWINTER. To find out more, head to The Winter Forest.

Images courtesy David Ogle

Lumen | David Ogle | 2016 | neon flex, welded steel | installation view: York St. John University, 2016 | image: Anthony Chappel-Ross; Smog No. 1 | David Ogle | 2015 | multi-coloured smoke pyrotechnics | landscape installation (photograph) | image: Andrew Brooks; Dusk | David Ogle | 2015 | RGB LEDs, acrylic sphere, red smoke pyrotechnics | landscape installation (photograph) | image: Andrew Brooks