Keith Sonnier

Keith Sonnier

Keith Sonnier (b. 1941, Mamou, LA) radically reinvented sculpture in the late 1960s. Employing unusual materials that had never before been used, Sonnier, along with his contemporaries, Bruce Nauman, Richard Tuttle, Eva Hesse, and Richard Serra, and Barry LeVa, called all previous conceptions of sculpture into question. Sonnier has experimented with materials as varied as latex, satin, bamboo, found objects, satellite transmitters, and video. In 1968, the artist began working with neon, which quickly became a defining element of his work. The linear quality of neon allows Sonnier to draw in space with light and color, while the diffuseness of the light enables his work to interact on various architectural planes. Sonnier’s architectural neon installations in public spaces have earned him wide acclaim in an international context.

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, 2004. neon, transformer and found objects, 48" x 48" x 28" (121.9 cm x 121.9 cm x 71.1 cm).
USA: War of the Worlds, 2004. neon, transformer and found objects, 48" x 48" x 28" (121.9 cm x 121.9 cm x 71.1 cm).
, 2004. neon and transformer, 66" x 52" x 3" (167.6 cm x 132.1 cm x 7.6 cm).
Palmetto Blatt, 2004. neon and transformer, 66" x 52" x 3" (167.6 cm x 132.1 cm x 7.6 cm).
, 2004. neon, transformer and found objects, 30" x 27" x 9" (76.2 cm x 68.6 cm x 22.9 cm).
Bundle Pack, 2004. neon, transformer and found objects, 30" x 27" x 9" (76.2 cm x 68.6 cm x 22.9 cm).
, 2006. neon and transformer, 18" x 79" x 5" (45.7 cm x 200.7 cm x 12.7 cm).
Longhorn Study, 2006. neon and transformer, 18" x 79" x 5" (45.7 cm x 200.7 cm x 12.7 cm).
, 2007. steel, neon, paint, aluminum, neoprene, rubber, and transformer, 82" x 90" x 28" (208.3 cm x 228.6 cm x 71.1 cm).
Longhorn, 2007. steel, neon, paint, aluminum, neoprene, rubber, and transformer, 82" x 90" x 28" (208.3 cm x 228.6 cm x 71.1 cm).
, 2007. steel, neon, paint, neoprene, rubber, and transformer, 9' 9" x 5' 2" x 3' 5" (297.2 cm x 157.5 cm x 104.1 cm).
Kgama, 2007. steel, neon, paint, neoprene, rubber, and transformer, 9' 9" x 5' 2" x 3' 5" (297.2 cm x 157.5 cm x 104.1 cm).

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USA: War of the Worlds , 2004. neon, transformer and found objects, 48" x 48" x 28" (121.9 cm x 121.9 cm x 71.1 cm).