Southampton, NY – Tripoli Gallery is honored to present its third solo exhibition for Keith Sonnier in collaboration with Douglas Baxter titled ‘Neon and Objects.’ This is the first presentation of Keith Sonnier’s work since his death last summer, marking the first anniversary of his passing on what would have been his 80th birthday. On view from August 27th through October 4th, 2021, we invite you to the opening reception on Saturday, August 28th from 5 to 7 pm, at 26 Ardsley Rd., (off of East Gate rd.), Wainscott, NY.

In cooperation with Keith’s daughter Olympia Sonnier, ‘Neon and Objects’ will include selections from the last works to date as well as rare mid-career works selected by Tripoli Patterson and Sonnier’s longtime friend, neighbor, and dealer Douglas Baxter. ‘Neon and Objects’ is a celebration of Sonnier as a maker of objects as well as a user of found objects, both new and used—often in tandem with his autographic neon.

Beginning in the late 60’s and early 70’s, Sonnier experimented with new, non-art materials while giving as much emphasis to the process of art making as to the end product, effectively identifying with the loosely defined movement Post-Minimalism. Roberta Smith of The New York Times recently called Post-Minimalism “arguably the last avant-garde art movement of classic modernism.” Examples of his contemporaries include fellow Louisianan Lynda Benglis’ poured polyurethane works and wax paintings, Richard Serra’s thrown lead sculptural installations, and Joel Shapiro’s hand rolled clay works. The movement can be extended to include figurative artists such as Chuck Close with his early sprayed portraits, the cotton ball paintings of Joe Zucker and the enamel on steel plate paintings of Jennifer Bartlett.

For press inquiries or further information, please contact info@tripoligallery.com or call 631.377.3715.

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*Helio B* (Halo Series), 2013
Keith Sonnier Helio B (Halo Series), 2013 neon, argon, aluminum, steel armature, electric cable, and transformers 17 x 22.5 x 12.75 inches (43.18 x 57.15 cm)
*FIREPLACE CHAT*, 2020
Keith Sonnier FIREPLACE CHAT, 2017 neon, circuit board, paint, transformer and electric cable 38 x 44 x 6 inches (96.52 x 111.76 x 15.24 cm)
*Wildebeest* (Herd Series), 2006
Keith Sonnier Wildebeest (Herd Series), 2003 steel, neon, rubber, and transformer 9 x 19 x 4 inches (22.86 x 48.26 cm)
*ELLIPTICAL SHIELD V* (Elliptical Shield V Series), 2005/2019
Keith Sonnier ELLIPTICAL SHIELD V (Elliptical Shield V Series), 2005 Neon, aluminum, corrugated aluminum, paint, transformer and electric cable 28 x 13 x 10 inches (71.12 x 33.02 cm)
Keith Sonnier COHLA JUNCTION SERIES (VI) (Cohla Junction Series), 2005 encaustic, neon, plywood, transformer and electric cable 28 x 13 x 10 inches (71.12 x 33.02 cm)
Keith Sonnier COHLA JUNCTION SERIES (V) (Cohla Junction Series), 2005 encaustic, neon, plywood, transformer and electric cable 28 x 13 x 10 inches (71.12 x 33.02 cm)
Keith Sonnier LUSTER (Chandelier Series), 2008 neon, steel armature, electric cable, and transformer 58 x 24 x 20 inches (147.32 x 60.96 x 50.8 cm)
Keith Sonnier CORRUGATED TWIST (OLDOWAN SERIES), 2017 neon, steel, corrugated metal, wire, transformer 85.5 x 53 x 30 inches (217.17 x 134.62 x 76.2 cm)
*LEUA* (Ebo River Series), 2016
Keith Sonnier LEUA (Ebo River Series), 2016 neon, polyester fiber, buffing pads, galvanized rubber pads, transformer and rubber end caps 66 x 41 x 11 inches (167.64 x 104.14 cm)
Keith Sonnier CHILA (Ebo River Series), 2016 neon, corrugated aluminum, rubber end caps, electric cable, and transformer 71 x 71 x 3 inches (180.34 x 180.34 cm)
Keith Sonnier DALA (Ebo River Series), 2016 neon, buffing pads, galvanized rubber pads, electrical cable, rubber end caps, and transformer 72 x 42 x 9 inches (182.8 x 106.6 x 22.8 cm)
Keith Sonnier TWO LOOPS DOUBLE DOT (Wood and Encaustic Series), 2020 cedar, encaustic and flocking 16 x 31 x 1 inches (40.64 x 78.74 x 2.54 cm)
Keith Sonnier TWO LOOP DOT (Wood and Encaustic Series), 2015 cedar, encaustic and flocking 17 x 31 x 1 inches (43.18 x 78.74 x 2.54 cm)
*MEGAPHONE (Wood and Encaustic Series)*, 202
Keith Sonnier MEGAPHONE (Wood and Encaustic Series), 2020 cedar, encaustic and flocking 39 x 43 x 1.25 inches (99.06 x 109.22 x 3.175 cm)
Keith Sonnier TOGUN (Wood and Encaustic Series), 2019 cedar, encaustic and flocking 28.5 x 30.25 x 1 inches (72.39 x 76.835 x 2.54 cm)
Keith Sonnier GLOBAL FISH (Wood and Encaustic Series), 2019 cedar, encaustic and flocking 29.75 x 25 x 1 inches (75.565 x 63.5 x 2.54 cm)
Keith Sonnier DOC. DUDLEY J. LEBLANC (Tidewater Series), 1993 neon, found objects and mixed media, transformer and electric cable 36 x 30 x 14 inches (91.44 x 76.2 x 35.56 cm)
Keith Sonnier CATAHOULA (Tidewater Series), 1994 neon, foam rubber, plastic, steel, stone, transformer and electric cable 55 x 36 x 33 inches (139.7 x 91.44 x 83.82 cm)
Keith Sonnier TISKET-A-TASKET (Tidewater Series), 1994 neon, found objects and mixed media, transformer and electric cable 42 x 26 x 18 inches (106.68 x 66.04 x 45.72 cm)
Keith Sonnier KTUT (UBUD SERIES), 1983 timber, bamboo, and oil based paint 47 x 40 x 20 inches (119.38 x 101.6 x 50.8 cm)
Keith Sonnier VISHNU (INDIA SERIES), 1981 bamboo and enamel paint 22 x 37.5 x 11.75 inches (55.88 x 95.25 x 29.845 cm)
Keith Sonnier GANESH (INDIA SERIES),, 1981 bamboo and enamel paint 51.75 x 22.5 x 14 inches (131.445 x 57.15 x 35.56 cm)
Keith Sonnier FA_SEL (SEL Series), 1978 neon, argon, electric cable, and transformers 81.5 x 40 x 3 inches (207.01 x 101.6 cm)
Keith Sonnier DEPOSE (CAT DOUCET SERIES), 1968 neon, paint, sailcloth, electric fan, electric light, transformer and electric cable 56 x 30 x 18 inches ( 142.24 x 76.2 x 45.72cm )
*Arced Neon (Horizon Blue)*, 1968/2009
Keith Sonnier Arced Neon (Horizon Blue), 1968 neon, latex, flocking, wire, and transformer 86 x 79 x 2.25 inches (218.44 x 200.66 x 5.7 cm)