Gray Areas

Installation, fine art

Gray Areas is a conceptual typographic installation, consisting of a triptych of interactive neon signs. Each sign displays two words with opposite meanings (love/hate, good/evil, work/play), which can be switched on and off. The intent of the project is to challenge our understanding of absolutes by showing that stark opposites are actually necessarily intertwined and reality is not always black and white. When read separately, the signs become legible, but when both red and blue lights are lit, they create an abstract form. I collaborated on this piece with Ellen Winston, and we had the honor of exhibiting it in Typeforce 7, the latest installment of an annual showcase of Chicago's typographic all-stars.

  • Gray Areas, with only the blue signs lit

  • Gray Areas, with only the red signs lit

  • Gray Areas, with both colors lit