In 2012, Peter Soriano (A ’81) became, in his own words, “a sculptor who no longer makes sculptures.” Rather than shaping, carving, or casting three-dimensional forms, he assembles and arranges visual experience. Drawing is his medium, his method of dematerialization, and his means of exchange with the collaborators who interpret and help install his instruction-based works.
In conjunction with the release of Peter Soriano: Permanent Maintenance, a publication documenting Soriano’s largest wall drawing to date, Soriano will speak with Sharon Butler, artist and publisher of Two Coats of Paint, about the evolution of his art; the idea behind and process of creating Permanent Maintenance; the meaning of his (seemingly) inscrutable graphic lexicon; the iterative nature of his work; and why he compares his wall drawings to musical compositions.
The conversation will be followed by a reception and publication signing.
This event is organized by the Colby College Museum of Art in Waterville, Maine, where Soriano’s Permanent Maintenance is on view through August 21, 2016, and hosted by Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture.