In this exhibition, Peter Soriano presents work from two distinct yet related groups of sculptures made concurrently during the past two years. In one series, bundled objects made of materials such as aluminum tubes, plastic, brightly colored swatches of patterned fabric and paint are suspended in mid-air, tethered to the walls by taut steel cables. Two span the width between facing walls, another holds a corner, and one radiates from a central anchor protruding from a single large wall. The second group of work looks quite different, and might be described as architectural models of rooms and spaces made with closed eyes. This is to say that they look inward, to memory and experience, rather than to outward appearances. They are made of unfinished wood, glue, nails, and patching compound and appear in certain respects to be three-dimensional sketches, yet are resolutely finished works. The exhibition will include several dozen of these sculptures, along with related drawings.
In both series, Soriano externalizes an interior journey involving space and time. The “rooms” are of his past; places that are gone and that he has reconstructed with his imagination – how long was the hallway, how many stairs, how high was the ceiling, how wide the space? With the suspended sculptures, Soriano demarcates space more factually, defining sightlines and punctuating by means of spray-painted circles the points of contact between the cables and the walls. The finely observed formal qualities of weight, volume, material and spatial relations place Soriano’s new work squarely in the realm of sculptors such as H. C. Westermann, George Sugarman, Donald Judd, Eva Hesse, Robert Grosvenor and Fred Sandback.