Keith Sonnier

Galerie Rolf Ricke

For more than twenty years now, glass, aluminum, and neon tubes have been the main components of Keith Sonnier’s oeuvre. In his latest pieces, these materials have been joined by antennas or antennalike constructions. Using associative, pictorial, and concrete references, these elements link up with systems that exist outside the works. Sonnier’s works also hint at autonomous structures, but such a formalist interpretation, dictating a value through self-referentiality, is constantly disrupted. Thus, the transformers or the cables of the neon tubes are elements designating the interface between the pure language of forms and the conveyors of (content) expression: this is where the actual functions are redefined.

This is even more applicable to the antennas. With his choice of material, Sonnier builds a referential bridge to his works of the ’70s, those video and media pieces based on

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