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Foto Neon with Cut Glass...

Neon with Cut Glass

Fecha:
1968 (1998)
Tipo obra:
Installation
Material:
Glass, mirror, neon light and transformer
Medidas:
162 x 127 x 122 cm
Procedencia:
MACBA Collection. MACBA Foundation
Registre núm:
1524

Throughout his early career, Sonnier continually disarticulated the pure mathematical ratios of Minimalism, creating works whose internal units were divided by "feel" rather than mathematics. His materials often include rags, window screens, patches of silk, foam, and latex. With the latter, he created a series of works using latex as canvas and flocking (powdered rayon) as paint. These works resembled color field paintings by artists such as Mark Rothko, yet the thickness of the flock ultimately precluded the complete absorption of figure (color) into ground (latex). At this time, Sonnier also began to use neon tubing that he himself designed, a kind of "gestural neon", which reinforced the painterly quality of his work in contradistinction to the industrial material and gesture-less procedures of Minimalism.
Neon with Cut Glass belongs to a series of works that Sonnier began in the late 1960s. Employing the rigid forms of industrial fabrication, he used large sheets of plate glass and framed them with neon light in order to emphasize the reflective properties of the glass and neon while simultaneously creating a sculptural form in relation to architecture by actually propping the glass on the wall.

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