The Neon Museum has reportedly acquired a major new work by 2020 National Artist in Residence, Victor Ehikhamenor.
The work, “Like Water God Riding His Dragon” references a poem by Yusef Komunyakaa and incorporates neon elements within a sculpted canvas landscape of iconography.
According to ktnv.com, the work, created during the 2020 Artist in Residence program and as part of the “What You Mean to Me” exhibition, the mixed-media, three-dimensional artwork represents the Nigerian-American artist’s first forays into incorporating neon tubing into his work.
A two-time Venice Biennale exhibitor, as well as an accomplished photographer and writer, Ehikhamenor collaborated with members of the Las Vegas community to create large-scale drawings, sculptures and installation work inspired by the museum’s historic collection.
“’What You Mean To Me” marked Ehikhamenor’s first exhibition in the Western United States,” said Bruce Spotleson, acting executive director, The Neon Museum. “As part of the museum’s commitment to cultural enrichment, we are pleased to add Ehikhamenor’s contemporary artwork to our permanent collection.”
“Like Water God Riding His Dragon” will be displayed in the Museum’s expansion when it opens later in 2021, which will be located in what is now the Reed Whipple Cultural Center, located at 821 N Las Vegas Blvd. Additionally, virtual visitors can learn more about Ehikhamenor’s art by visiting the Neon Museum’s 360-degree, self-guided virtual exhibition which may be viewed for free here.