For Frieze New York 2017, Castelli Gallery will feature in its booth two historical works by Robert Morris and Keith Sonnier. The works share an interest in gravity, indeterminacy and sound: principles that shaped a new conception of sculpture and revolutionized the medium.
Robert Morris Untitled, 1967, is one of the artist’s iconic Felt works. Mr. Morris first began using this medium because “felt has anatomical associations, it relates to the body—it is skin-like. The way it takes form, with gravity, stress, balance, and the kinesthetic sense, I like all that.”
Keith Sonnier’s New York, Hook-Up, 1970, consists of two microphones, two speakers and one amplifier, installed like a rock-and-roll set or a PA system. It is a sound study, based on early experiments by Guglielmo Marconi, that generates a soundscape that plays on itself: the microphones in close proximity to the speakers create an audio feedback loop, an infinite sound wave.
When a visitor walks between the speakers and the microphones, the body breaks the infinite sound wave thus altering the nature of the sound. The constantly, changing audio experience created by the viewer becomes the work of art itself.
New York, Hook-Up was first exhibited in 1970 at the Whitney Museum. It is one of the first works of art in Post-Minimalism, unique in its nature, to turn sound generated by the viewer into a work of art.
The presentation will be completed with a selection of drawings by both artists, which relate to the two main works on view and emphasize “process” over composition and structure.