On 7 January 2010, Mary Boone Gallery will open at its Fifth Avenue location an
exhibition of sculptural neon works by KEITH SONNIER.
Referencing Sonnier’s investigations at the beginning of his career(the late 1960s) where
he employed cloth, neon light, screening, and visible electrical circuitry, the “Oldowan
Series” is a group of wall works that combine sexually charged and psychologically loaded
fabrics like gauze and satin with steel armatures. Enduring natural materials such as
wood and stone play off of the evanescent quality of neon light.
Oldowan is a term applied to the earliest manufactured stone tools in Africa, first used by
George Leakey to describe finds at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. The titles of individual
works in Sonnier’s series – Omo, Faya, Fora, Tulu – come from the designations of
various Paleolithic riverbed sites.

taken from press release here.

mary boone gallery.