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Keith Sonnier: Fluorescent Room

Oct 23 – Dec 26, 2010

Keith Sonnier is the first artist who started using neon material for sculpture works in 1970s. At the 732 square meter of exhibition space in artclub1563, Sonnier will recreate Fluorescent Room, which was first shown at Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven in 1970 in collaboration with Phillips. For this exhibition, Sonnier remarks, “It is with great pleasure that I look forward to presenting the Fluorescent Room in Seoul, Korea as this will be the first installation in the East. This completely environmental work from the late sixties touches on many concepts about light reflection and audience participation which are only now being re-investigated in contemporary art. I look forward to revisiting the recreation of the environmental in Seoul.”

In Fluorescent Room, Sonnier arranges different-sized foam rubber blocks and cover them in green or orange fluorescent powder. As visitors walk through a ‘maze’ created with these glowing rubber blocks in the room entirely lit by black light, they ex-perience an illusion of walking in the phospherized lunar space. The exhibition will also include Sonnier’s ten years of video works produced between 1968 and 1977.

Fluorescent Room was shown for the second time at KunsthausBregenz in Ausgria in collaboration with the Zumthobel Lighting Company in 1999. For the first time in a commercial space, Sonnier constructed the room at Ace Gallery in New York in 2003. Sonnier’s permanent neon installations include Lichtweg at Munich International Airport in Germany and Route Zenith at Ronal Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC.