A post-minimalist and process artist, Keith Sonnier (1941-2020) began experimenting with light sculpture in 1968, one of the first artists to experiment with this medium. To date, he remains one of the most famous light sculptors, using materials such as neon, found objects, aluminum, copper, glass, and wire. Speaking of his use of color, “I discovered the primary triangle red, yellow, blue … what had drawn me to pigment was the thickness of the raw material, like vermillion red. But light intensifies color to such a new level, it even gives volume to it. I couldn’t conceive of making new works without trying different color combinations in space and form.”
In 1974, Sonnier won the US and Canada Creative Arts Fellowship at the Guggenheim, and
received the Distinguished Artist Award for Lifetime Achievement at the 103rd Annual Conference of the College Arts Association.
His work has exhibited in galleries all over the world, from Finland, to Germany, to Switzerland, Italy, and France. Sonnier exhibited in two shows at the Hal Bromm Gallery: “COLOR” 1 April - 20 Novermber 2020; “40: The Anniversary Exhibition” 25 October 2015 - 31 March 2016