Artist and glassworker Roger Borg, who runs the New-Jersey-based 419 Neon, pushes the boundaries of neon lighting in ways we've not seen before. With a firm academic grounding (B.A. from Brandeis, courses at SVA, M.F.A. from Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, scholarship to world-renowned Pilchuck Glass School), Borg describes his work thusly:
...This most recent and evolving body of work [has] presented itself as a synthesis of two very independent antecedents, the flat stacks and the open series. Although these series arose and continued in parallel for some time, existing as independent entities, their unique characteristics have been fused into a new lineage and a new vernacular. The diaphanous nature of the open series and the density of the flat stacks have found a way to coexist, merging from one state to the other.
The horizontal stacks have turned vertical, forming a dense central core, which in turn yields its mass by stretching outward and away from this cluster. Thus it transitions from solid to open, and in a way, so have I.