Keith Sonnier, Neon Wrapping Neon, 1968
Keith Sonnier at Pace Gallery
Pace Gallery announces Elysian Plain + Early Works by Keith Sonnier. The exhibition will include 11 works in neon featuring the first series created in Sonnier’s new studio in Bridgehampton. The exhibition will include early work from the artist’s BA-O-BA, Neon Wrapping Incandescent and Neon Wrapping Neon series. Elysian Plain + Early Works will be on view at 510 West 25th Street from January 24 through February 22, 2014. The artist will be present for an opening reception on Thursday, January 23 from 6 to 8 p.m. A catalogue with an introduction by art historian Richard Shiff will accompany the exhibition.
Keith Sonnier, BA-O-BA, 1968-74
Sonnier was part of a group of artists who challenged preconceived notions of sculpture in the late 1960s by experimenting with materials. In Sonnier’s case, materials ranged from latex and satin, to found objects, transmitters and video. In 1968, the artist began creating wall sculptures using incandescent light and sheer fabric. Frustrated by the standardized forms of incandescent light, he started experimenting with neon. Using copper tubing as a template, Sonnier began sketching lines, arches and curves ultimately realized in glass tubing enclosed neon. The linear quality of neon allowed Sonnier to draw in space with light and color while colored light interacted with the surrounding architecture.
Keith Sonnier, Expanded SEL diptych II, 1979
Pace will exhibit for the first time the artist’s Elysian Plain series. In his new studio on Long Island’s East End, the artist experimented with different forms of neon, acrylic and aluminum, and transformers, to create a series of wall-to-floor constructions. In each work, hardware is paired with the seductive qualities of light and color.