If you’re looking to be illuminated by art, then the new “Emergency Neon” exhibit now open in Anacostia is calling your name.
The creation of light sculptor and Smithsonian instructor Craig Kraft, the exhibit—on display at the Honfleur Gallery—aims to bring light to “social and political issues” worldwide.
“He has used neon for its versatility: long-lasting industrial strength, vast possibilities of color, and its willingness to be bent into almost any shape or form,” the Honfleur Gallery wrote of Kraft’s work in a press release.
One of the pieces on display hits close to home for Washingtonians: an illuminated “Missing Persons” flyer for Relisha Tenau Rudd, who was last seen on March 1, 2014 at the age of 8.
“I saw a news special on missing indigenous persons in the Southwest and how they are ignored. I realized that missing persons happen everywhere, including right in my backyard in Southeast DC,” Kraft wrote on his website. “Having used neon in my artwork for 35 years, I thought of a new use: Emergency Neon to use the power of neon to draw attention to the issue.”
Kicking off the exhibit’s opening on Friday, Sept. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., “Emergency Neon” will be on display through Saturday, Nov. 5. The Honfleur Gallery is open Thursday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Honfleur Gallery, 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE