Peter Soriano


20.9. – 19.10.2019

Opening Thursday 19th of September 2019 18-20h


Snowmelt, 2019, Acryl (Sprühfarbe) und Bleistift
Realisiert mit Hilfe von Nina Rieben
Foto: Marie-Anne Villars
Snowmelt #5, 2019, Bleistift und Tinte auf Papier, 28 x 38 cm
Snowmelt #4, 2019, Bleistift und Tinte auf Papier, 32,5 x 48 cm
Snowmelt #1, 2019, Bleistift, Tinte, Wasserfarbe auf Papier, 32,5 x 48 cm
Snowmelt #8, 2019, Bleistift und Tinte auf Papier, 32,5 x 48 cm
Snowmelt #11, 2019, Bleistift, Tinte, Sprühfarbe auf Papier, 42,5 x 38 cm
Snowmelt #9, 2019, Tinte auf Papier, 32,5 x 42 cm
Snowmelt #16, 2019, Bleistift, Tinte auf Papier, 38 x 57 cm
Snowmelt #10, 2019, Farbstift auf Japanpapier, 30,5 x 35 cm
Installation view
Foto: Marie-Anne Villars

Born in Manila, Philippines, Peter Soriano earned a Bachelor of Arts from Harvard College in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1981 and, later that year, completed a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. 

In the 1990s, following exhibitions in New York and Paris, Soriano had earned international recognition for his deceptively playful, biomorphic sculptures made of fiberglass. In 2004, after a six-month residency at the Atelier Calder in France, the artist started making wall-based sculptures, introducing taut steel cables and metal pipes to his work. With the addition of spray paint applied directly to the wall, these installations became increasingly two-dimensional until, in 2012, Soriano eliminated structural elements altogether. His work now consists of large, instruction-based wall drawings composed of acrylic and spray paint, as well as smaller, related drawings on Japanese paper that are pleated and folded until they become almost sculptural. To quote the art critic John Yau, Peter Soriano has become “a sculptor who doesn’t make objects.” 1

Soriano’s wall drawings appear abstract, but typically they are interpretations of quotidian objects or specific landmarks. For recent projects, he has used as a starting point the aluminum wrappers used for Lindt’s “Neapolitan” chocolates, a landscape glimpsed at 15-second intervals from a moving train, shadows cast by the roofline of his house in the state of Maine, and a group of rocks as seen from the window of his studio. These wall drawings are instructional based and are intended to be installed again and again. 

For Snowmelt / Schneewasser, Soriano observed a mound of snow on a terrace in the canton of Graubünden. At intervals, over a period of two weeks, he measured, recorded, and traced the snow pile as it shifted and melted. The resulting drawings both on the wall and on paper, with their overlay of geometrical planes and taut hand-drawn lines, capture Soriano’s view of the receding snow pile. 

Snowmelt / Schneewasser is part of a larger project that Soriano has worked on for the past two years, measuring and recording snow piles in North America and Europe. For him, snow is intimate and evocative. At the same time, our planet’s shrinking snow coverage has come to illustrate the catastrophe of global warming. It is these interwoven, contradictory tensions that Soriano explores in Snowmelt / Schneewasser.

[1]  Surveyor of Shadows, John Yau, Hyperallergic, 22 October 2016

Archiv Bern/PROGR:
Christian Indermühle 2020
Peter Wüthrich - Literary Ghost 2020
Dominik Stauch - Painkillers 2019
Xerxes Ach - Secret Colors 2019
Peter Soriano Snowmelt 2019
Elsbeth Böniger - Prozesse 2004-2019
Filip Haag - Malerei und Zeichnung 2019
Pascal Danz - Works on Paper 2019
Bodo Korsig - Escape from Memory 2019
Kotscha Reist - Comptoire de Mystic 2019
Martin Kasper
Reto Camenisch 2018
Christian Denzler 2018
Martin Kasper - Im Wechsel 2018
Martin Kasper
Matchpoint 2018
Andrea Heller / Dominik Stauch 2018
Porter à l'envers 2018
Alfred Hofkunst 2018
Silvia Gertsch - Captured 2018
Winter Story 2017
Böniger / Indermühle 2017
Sereina Steinemann 2017
Xerxes Ach - inside outside 2017
Christian Indermühle - Glarea 2017
Peter Wüthrich 2017
Samuel Blaser - Skip the Pit Stop 2017
Filip Haag - Ins Auge 2017
Kotscha Reist - Painting As Usual 2017
Pascal Danz - Vor der Reise 2016
Laurent Schmid 2016
Freyschmidt/Merkisch/à Wengen 2016
Aquaréelles 2016
Com&Com - New works 2016
Reto Leibundgut - Clementine 2016
Erich Weiss feat. Otto Tschumi 2016
Dominik Stauch 2015
Christian Denzler - Neue Arbeiten 2015
Bodo Korsig - No regrets 2015
Filip Haag - Abrakadie & mehr 2015
Kotscha Reist 2015
Samuel Blaser 2015
Pascal Danz 2015
Elsbeth Böniger - Structures 2015
Catching Moments 2014
Now and Here 2014
(Hi)stories 2014
Summerproject 14
Com&Com - Sky 2014
Katia Bourdarel 2014
Otto Tschumi - Variationen 2014
Lorenz Spring - Spring im Winter 2014
En-lighted 2013
Reto Leibundgut 2013
Patterns 2013
Filip Haag - Oder nach Absprache 2013
Mit dem Körper sehen 2013
Samuel Blaser - Diptycha 2013
Originally Bern 2013
Zwischenspiel: PROGR In-House 2013
Kotscha Reist - Old Ideas 2013
Pascal Danz 2013
Dominik Stauch - Rhinestones 2012
Tiefen Wirkungen 2012
Summerproject 2012
On paper 2012
Com&Com - Clouds 2012
Arno Nollen 2012
Locking glass 2012
Raffaela Chiara - Transformer Kit 2012
X Years 2011
Dominik Stauch - Breathless 2011
Marius Lüscher 2011
Reto Leibundgut - Flora 2011
Kotscha Reist - Painting Life 2011
Microcosmes 2011
Elsbeth Böniger 2011
Laurent Schmid - Rope Tricks 2010
Reto Camenisch 2010
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Kotscha Reist im Kunstmuseum Bern
Kotscha Reist in der AroundSpace Gallery in Shanghai, China
Kotscha Reist, Poesie des Raumes in der Villa Renata in Basel