Artist. Also known as John Neon. John Masciuch was born in Ottawa in 1944. Raised in Edmonton, Masciuch relocated to Vancouver in 1968 to study art at City College. He began experimenting with neon at the Intermedia Society workshop, eventually collecting five thousand neon tubes. Masciuch’s first solo show was held at the Douglas Gallery in 1968. Subsequently, his work has been exhibited at institutions such as the Vancouver Art Gallery during Intermedia Nights, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the Carmen Lamanna Gallery (Toronto). He was appointed Artist-in-Residence at the Three Schools in Toronto (1969), and he completed commissions for Ontario Place and Chum FM Radio Station. In his work, Masciuch used electricity, light, and sound, and the neon in the pieces were occasionally activated by the heat or electrical waves coming from the viewer’s body.
Discrete project sites documenting the work of specific artists and collectives in detail.
Essays and conversation providing a context for exploring the Project Sites and Archives.
Video interviews conducted between December 2008 and May 2009 reflecting on Vancouver’s art scene in the sixties.