Sharon Lockhart | The Future Should Always Be Better

Apr. 18 - Aug. 8, 2021

Sharon Lockhart Neon, Fassade
Sharon Lockhart, The Future Should Always be Better, 2021, Photo: Raimund Zakowski

The American artist Sharon Lockhart (*1964, Norwood, Massachusetts) will present a glowing neon sign that reads “The Future Should Always Be Better” on the facade of the Kestner Gesellschaft. The statement will have the effect of an advertising slogan facing the square in front of the building.

The slogan seems highly relevant to the current moment during the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the artist addresses society’s expectation of a better future.

Sharon Lockhart deals with social issues in her conceptual works. With this installation for the Kestner Gesellschaft, the artist, internationally known for her films and photographs, is turning to a new medium for the first time: neon lettering.

Sharon Lockhart studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena, California. As a professor, she has taught at the University of Southern California’s Roski School of Art and Design and at the California Institute of the Arts. Lockhart lives and works in Los Angeles, California.

Curator: Adam Budak

Learn more about Sharon Lockhart in the exhibition handout.

Installation Images

Sharon Lockhart, The Future Should Always Be Better, Installation view, Photo: Raimund Zakowski


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