Dylan Neuwirth (b. 1977, Athens, Georgia) is a contemporary artist working with light, space, and interactive technologies. He has participated in numerous solo, group, and public art exhibitions including curatorial and web-based projects. His work is in private and institutional collections, and has appeared in Creators, Brooklyn Magazine, Artslant, Artsy, New American Paintings, artnet, The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, Beautiful/Decay, WIRED, and VICE. From 2007-2016, he executed large-scale architectural glass commissions across North America, the United Kingdom, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia as a Project Manager with Chihuly Studio. He is currently the Creative Director at Western Neon, Executive Director at Western Neon School of Art, represented by SEASON, and lives in Seattle, Washington.
When I was a child, my mom’s second husband gave her a custom-made neon sign illustrating her name in red cursive letters. It hung above the door in our kitchen with ripple glass windows overlooking the woods. It’s where I first saw Blade Runner on a small black and white TV and heard Bowie's “Space Oddity” on the college radio station. The sign was a beacon for me, and I could turn it on by pulling a brass chain on the transformer hidden in a cabinet by the stove. Across from this was a black hole under the sink where my mom kept her bourbon. It got complicated in my house. The truth was fluid, and nothing seemed real.
But I always knew I could escape my sense of confusion by turning on the neon sign.
I combine these early memories of alienation, subconscious violence, and systemic addiction with light-based media and digital culture motifs to create multi-platform tableaus that point toward cycles of searching, belief, and transcendence. Knowing these nonobjective concepts are vital yet impossible to define, my hubristic attempts to resist the limits of control have nonetheless evolved into an obsessive DIY endeavor driven by an impulsive pursuit of freedom.
Since getting sober in 2011, my work has exposed the selfie generation through public art while mining the schizophrenic impact of social media. I've considered the elemental origins of the internet and remixed the skyline with symbol-clad telecom towers broadcasting psychic transmissions. I rendered visions of a post-human future, compressed the essence of stars into hermetically sealed networks, cloned aspects of my ego to create self-confession videos, and developed a virtual reality reconstruction of my childhood home from unreliable memories. Each effort has built on the other and all focus on a fragmented, phenomenological understanding of 21st-century existence.
1977 Born: Athens, Georgia.
2000 University of Georgia: Athens, Georgia — BFA/Sculpture (1995-2000).
2017 Western Neon School of Art: Seattle, Washington — Executive Director (2017-current).
2017 Western Neon: Seattle, Washington — Creative Director (2017-current).
2007 Chihuly Studio: Seattle, Washington — Project Manager (2007-2016).
2003 Consolidated Works: Seattle, Washington — Director of Visual Art (2003-2005).
SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2018 OMNIA, Bellevue Arts Museum: Bellevue, Washington — curated by Benedict Heywood.
2018 MMXVIII, Bumbershoot (courtesy of SEASON): Seattle, Washington — curated by Sam Warren, Tiffany Moss, and Robert Yoder.
2018 GENERATIONS, Oxbow: Seattle, Washington.
2018 METANOIA, Oxbow: Seattle, Washington.
2017 NEW FOLKLORE, Plexus Projects: Brooklyn, New York — curated by Laura Splan.
2016 NOT A HOLOGRAM, Glass Box: Seattle, Washington.
2015 CARS IN A CIRCLE, SEASON at PULSE Contemporary Art Fair: Miami, Florida.
2015 INTERFACE, Organic Produce: Seattle, Washington.
2015 ABSOLUTE ZERO, PUNCH Projects/NewHive: Seattle, Washington/Internet.
2014 GO WHERE NEW EXPERIENCES TAKE YOU, Two Shelves: Seattle, Washington.
2014 PRIVACY SETTINGS, Prole Drift: Seattle, Washington.
2014 MMXIV, Vermillion: Seattle, Washington.
2012 TIME'S ARROW, Interzone: Seattle, Washington.
2011 THE CONVERSATION, PUNCH Projects: Seattle, Washington.
SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS
2018 The Woods, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery/Central Washington University: Ellensburg, Washington — curated by PUNCH Projects.
2017 Out of Sight, The Schoenfelds' Building: Seattle, Washington — curated by Greg Lundgren, S. Surface, and Benedict Heywood.
2017 (in)compatible, Interstitial: Seattle, Washington —curated by Julia Greenway.
2017 Now Burning, Border Patrol: Portland, Maine.
2016 ROSETTA, Unisex Salon: Brooklyn, New York — curated by Doppelganger Projects.
2016 Northwest Art Now, Tacoma Art Museum: Tacoma, Washington — curated by Juan Roselione-Valadez.
2015 Seattle Art Fair, SEASON: Seattle, Washington.
2015 Seattle Art Fair, PUNCH Projects: Seattle, Washington.
2015 Black Box Festival, Aktionsart: Seattle, Washington/Internet.
2015 DEEP WEB NEVERLAND, JETLAG: Fahaheel, Kuwait/Internet.
2015 FR€€ ₮HI₦G$, STCFTHOT: Leeds, United Kingdom/Internet — curated by Jack Fisher.
2015 IT'S MY BONE AND MY ONLY DELIGHT, SEASON: Seattle, Washington.
2014 Art Basel Mukwonago, Bahamas Biennale Gallery: Mukwonago, Wisconsin — curated by Sean J. Patrick Carney.
2014 Out of Office, Colony Projects: Cardigan, United Kingdom/Internet.
2014 UP EVERY EVENING, SEASON: Seattle, Washington.
2018 SCREENS, Bellevue Art Museum: Bellevue, Washington
2018 SOURCE CODE: EDITION 1, University of Oregon: Eugene, Oregon.
2018 MMXVIII, Bumbershoot: Seattle, Washington.
2016 JUST BE YOUR SELFIE, Tacoma Art Museum: Tacoma, Washington.
2015 TRYLON, University of Wyoming School of Art: Laramie, Wyoming.
2014 JUST BE YOUR SELFIE, City of Seattle: Seattle, Washington.
2012 NOW, Bumbershoot: Seattle, Washington.
2015 DEEP WEB NEVERLAND, JETLAG: Fahaheel, Kuwait/Internet — Curator.
2015 DISGUISE, Seattle Art Museum: Seattle, Washington — Digital Content Strategist.
2014 #SocialMedium, Frye Art Museum: Seattle, Washington — Social Media Coordinator.
2018 Visual Arts Career Day, Seattle Art Museum: Seattle, Washington — Panel Speaker.
2017 Light and Space in The Built Environment, Gensler: Seattle, Washington.
2016 METANOIA, PNCA: Portland, Oregon.
2016 NOT A HOLOGRAM, Olson Kundig: Seattle, Washington.
2015 NOT A HOLOGRAM, University of Wyoming School of Art: Laramie, Wyoming.
2014 Social Media and the Internet as a Medium, Frye Art Museum: Seattle, Washington.
2014 Social Media, Identity, and The Next Wave, Microsoft Research/studio99: Seattle, Washington.
2014 SEA PKN v. 54 - Technology + Art: Cultural Disruption & Innovation, Seattle Art Museum/Olympic Sculpture Park: Seattle, Washington.
2017 "The Future's So Bright," Rachel Gallaher, City Arts.
2017 "Out of Sight Is Big, Beautiful and Bright," Margo Vansynghel, City Arts.
2017 "Don't Slight Out of Sight," T. s. Flock, Seattle Weekly.
2017 "Seattle Art Fair and its little brother Out of Sight hop in the saddle for their third summer," Brendan Kiley, Seattle Times.
2017 "Dylan Neuwirth | A New Direction," Elena Parise and Nicola Wylie, MiND.
2017 "POV: Young Artists Fight an Uphill Battle in Seattle | #50StatesofArt," Julia Greenway, Creators.
2017 "This Week in Net Art," Cecily Feitel, NewHive.
2016 "What We Have Left: The Best in Art This Weekend," Rachel Miller, Brooklyn Magazine.
2016 "Wednesday Web Artist of The Week: Dylan Neuwirth," Christian Peterson, Artslant.
2016 "Game Art: Dylan Neuwirth's NOT-A-HOLOGRAM.MMXVI (2016)," Matteo Bittanti, Gamescenes. Art in The Age of Videogames.
2016 "The Revenge of The Real: Dylan Neuwirth's NOT A HOLOGRAM," T. s. Flock, Vanguard Seattle.
2015 "This Week in Net Art," Cecily Feitel, NewHive.
2015 "Painting Highlights from the Seattle Art Fair and Out of Sight," Erin Langner, New American Paintings.
2015 "The First Seattle Art Fair Attracts Local Tech Royalty," Sheila Farr, artnet.
2015 "Zero Divided by Two is Still Zero," T. s. Flock, Vanguard Seattle.
2014 "Museum Shows Its Most 'Liked' Paintings In Crowd-Curated Exhibition #SocialMedium," Priscilla Frank, The Huffington Post.
2014 "Everybody's an Art Curator," Ellen Gammerman, Wall Street Journal.
2014 "Provocative Neon Art Speaks to Web Slang," Lindsey Rae Gjording, Beautiful/Decay.
2014 "Here's What Happens When You Let The Internet Curate an Art Museum," Graeme McMillan, WIRED.
2014 "POST: A Glance at Dylan Neuwirth's Posthuman World," T. s. Flock, Vanguard Seattle.
2014 "Dylan Neuwirth's Facebook Proposal," Laura Cassidy, Seattle Met.
2014 "Sketchbook Porn: Dylan Neuwirth," Amanda Manitach, City Arts.
2014 "We Watched New York's Sexiest Drug Princess Smoke Weird Shit," Mitchell Sunderland, VICE.
2014 "Dylan Neuwirth at Season," Suzanne Beal, International Sculpture Center/re:sculpt.
2014 "Interview Series: Dylan Neuwirth," The Fashion Law.
2014 "Escape from New York," Alex Teplitzky, Tout Petite La Planète.
2014 "Messages in Gas Under Glass," Jeremy Buben, Art Nerd Seattle.
2014 "The Stranger Suggests," Jen Graves, The Stranger.
2014 "Provoked by the Provocative," Jen Graves, The Stranger.
2014 "Dylan Neuwirth," Nancy Guppy, Art Zone.
2014 "Cold Fire," T. s. Flock, Vanguard Seattle.
2018 Lust For Light. Berkley, California: Gingko Press — edited by Hannah Stouffer.
2015 College Art Association Directory of Graduate Programs in Visual Arts. New York, New York/Internet: College Art Association — cover image.
2015 Library of the Printed Web #3. New York, New York/Internet: Printed Web — curated by Paul Soulellis and in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art Library.