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Mary Boone Gallery - 24th St.

Exhibition Detail
68–70
541 W. 24 Street
New York, NY 10011


January 5th, 2013 - February 23rd, 2013
Opening: 
January 5th, 2013 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
 
, Keith SonnierKeith Sonnier
© Courtesy of the artist & Mary Boone Gallery
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On 5 January 2013, Mary Boone Gallery will open at its Chelsea location an exhibition of
works from 1968 to 1970 by KEITH SONNIER.
“I think we were amazed that what we were making would even be bought. Our type
of work was somehow counter-culture. We chose materials that were not “high art”;
we weren’t working in bronze, or paint, even. We were using materials that weren’t
previously considered art materials. They were deliberately chosen to psychologically
evoke certain kinds of feelings.”
This exhibition of early works includes examples from Sonnier’s seminal and
internationally acclaimed Ba-O-Ba and Neon Wrapping Incandescent Series. These works
were designed in Sonnier’s first New York studio to make use of the floor to wall
relationship as well as utilize the reflective environment that working with neon and glass
naturally creates. Sonnier’s early site specific Ba-O-Ba installations provided sets for
performers and thus the first video work was conceived and recorded in the studio in
Chinatown.
Sonnier investigated many types of glass shapes and surfaces as well as a variety of
neon and argon colors and configurations. Eventually extruded materials were added and
this early Ba-O-Ba Series became the foundation upon which Sonnier based many of his
subsequent architectural and environmental installations.
The organic free form of the neon lines in the Neon Wrapping Incandescent Series relate
very much to drawing and provide a perfect contrast to the strictly geometric shapes
of the Ba-O-Ba works. Sonnier’s focus here is on the experimentation between different
light sources and levels, and the energetic quality of the electrical current running through
the sculptures.


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