Keith Sonnier monumental “Tullos” (Cat Doucet Series), charcoal colored flocking on rag, 1996. Signed with Keith Sonnier initials and year on the drawing, original Leo Castelli galery label on the back that reads ( KS (D-156) Keith Sonnier TULLOS, 1996 charcoal, colored flocking on rag paper 93 1/2 x 631/2 “ ).
Keith Sonnier is a contemporary American artist known for his pioneering light sculptures. Employing materials such as latex, neon, and found objects, Sonnier achieves a drawing-like quality with his sculptures. “I love light in my work but I was never influenced by neon signage in itself, rather its effect on nature and architecture,” he has explained. Born on July 31, 1941 in Mamou, LA, he received his BA from the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1963, and his MFA from Rutgers University in 1966. It was during his time at Rutgers, that Sonnier fell under the influenced of Robert Morris. By the late 1960s, he along with his peers Bruce Nauman and Dan Flavin, had begun employing neon tube lights in their work. Over the years, he has incorporated materials used by other cultures into sculptural installations. Sonnier currently lives and works between New York, NY and Bridgehampton, NY. Today, his works are held in the collections of the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra, among others.
W: 93.5 inches
D: 3.5 inches
H: 63.5 inches