Rob and Nick Carter: Postcards from Vegas

14 January - 15 February 2011

Drawing on their personal collection of postcards sourced throughout childhood, strikingly combined with their shared passion for raw neon, Rob and Nick Carter created fourteen new pieces marrying postcards from the 60s and 70s with neon signs of the type originally found on locations such as casinos, diners, ice cream parlours and motels. The result was a new body of work that delivers an intriguing play on place and mood.

“We’ve always been fascinated by the gaudy lurid neon signs of Las Vegas, and loved the idea of juxtaposing these with the ‘readymade’ postcards to create different and surprising connotations. The scale of neon has been reduced, while the postcards have been enlarged up to 150 times their original size. The series creates a jarring between not only the two forms of advertising, but also the flat photographic surface and the more sculptural neon form. We hope the viewer will create their own narrative and direct response to the work” comment Rob and Nick Carter.

Rob and Nick have been working with neon since 2003 and have been commissioned to undertake several large scale neon installations including 23 Savile Row for D2 Private, 200 Aldersgate for Helical Bar, and Cardinal Place for Land Securities. And in December 2008, Upper Street in Islington was illuminated by the first ever billboard neon art installation ‘Read Colours Not Words’ commissioned by London Art Fair and created by the Carters in association with The Fine Art Society.