Christian Herdeg (b. 1942 in Zurich, lives and works in Zurich) has spent over forty years devoted to the medium of light. As one of the first Swiss artists to have used fluorescent tubes, he is a pioneer of light art.
Whether you live in Zurich or not, you may have come across Christian’s light art in one way or another. The light artist has devoted over forty years to the medium of light, exploring the relationship between light, color, surface, volume and space.
In the past year, I have come across several of his art works, both offline and online.
His retrospective solo exhibition at Museum Haus Konstruktiv as well as his exhibition at Galerie Lange & Pult made me further explore the work of this artist. His work Sieben Lichtkörper, 1982 (seven bodies of art), next to Zurich Paradeplatz is being seen by thousands of people on a daily basis. It was especially created for UBS.
What particularly strikes me, is minimalistic character of his work and that focuses on the essentials: Herdeg experiments with the colour spectrum within the neon tube.
I also consider fascinating how Christian is somehow an “autodidact”, starting off in photography (for many years he lived in the United States and Canada as a free photographer), he gradually shifted to experimenting with fluorescent tubes.