Spray paint, pencil, ink, watercolor on paper. Unframed.
This artwork, Austin, is a drawing made in a hotel while staying in Austin, Texas. Soriano worked from objects observed from the window, having a fine view of some complicated piping attached to a building facing him.
Peter Soriano is an abstract artist who divides his time between New York City and Penobscot, Maine. Although he began his career as a sculptor, his work is now two-dimensional. He is known for his bold spray-painted wall murals and for his more intimate works on paper. Soriano’s work is gestural and geometric, dominated by a graphic lexicon of marks and notations.
Peter Soriano works on relatively large sheets of Japanese paper with a tendency to work from something observed, ideally around him. He tends to be “in” the configuration that is the subject of the work.
Soriano is fond of “systems” objects attached to other objects, such as the wiring plan of a room. But very often there are other shapes that play a role in the work.
The artist would fold and rework a piece a number of times. Folding seems to concentrate the dialogue that attracts him. Reworking is part of his nature. The finished work normally is the result of this ebb and flow between the heightening and repositioning the relationship between forms.