London and Berlin-based artist Olivia Steele uses neon lighting as art installations, charged with irony, wit, and the odd dash of nostalgia. A selection of her works was erected in public spaces around London during the Frieze Art Fair, for an exhibition titled ‘Public Display of Affection’ – adorning all levels of society from the facades of historical religious landmarks, to foot bridges, dingy public toilets and even an East London lingerie shop. Challenging convention, and provoking public thought and interpretation, for art sake. Plus, they just look pretty awesome.
“Good, bad, right or wrong, it’s all relative. Art is notoriously ambiguous. The art of challenging conventional semiotics and observing the vast spectrum of strangers’ reaction an interpretations is highly rewarding.” ~ Olivie Steele