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Keith Sonnier: Expanded Willow Blatt

Keith Sonnier, USA
Expanded Willow Blatt, 2000

Light has been the preferred medium of American artist Keith Sonnier since the early days of his work. In the 1970s he was one of the pioneers of the "New Sculpture", who made it their business to replace traditional materials such as wood or stone with non-artistic ones such as glass, fabric, rubber or neon tubes. Until recently, his work has been characterized by a constant interest in a sensual, auratic effect of light as he found it in the advertising and everyday aesthetics of his early years. Alongside artists such as Dan Flavin and Richard Serra, Keith Sonnier is one of the most important representatives of the international avant-garde. His open concept of sculpture, which included experiments with film and sound at an early stage, continues to set the style for numerous artists of the younger generation.
The series of organically inspired "Baumgate" or "Blatt Series" was created in the early 2000s. In this work type of linear wall works, the artist combines the idealised contours of a tree leaf with the technical possibilities of freely formed neon elements to create an expressively poetic sculpture.
"I didn't always do the same thing. I was attracted to many different things. But it is the extension of the formal language that really interests me. And that's what I want to do." Keith Sonnier

Häusler Contemporary München Zürich