In the presence of Peter Soriano's recent large-scale, garishly colored resin sculptures one can experience something of a second childhood. The five pieces on view seem like giant children's toys that activate the space of the gallery. They have an immediate, physical appeal and seem to indicate activities that combine organic and mechanical processes.
The hot pink Pastellogram: Hilma looks like a soft, squat vehicle made of Playdough. Coolman's Companion II could be a 3-D Pacman transposed into a fountain. Some objects suggest an educational purpose, but one which we are all still too young to understand. The wall elements in Pearl seem to drip to the floor. FFBB is a network of blue drain pipes ending in a couple of fluted tips -- a plumbing system that appears to have metamorphosed into a strange musical instrument, perhaps related to the trombone.
After a while, Soriano's sculptural hybrids seem to come alive. The brilliant green Polyester Points of Contact is a kind of a suction-cup contraption that climbs the walls when no one's looking.
Peter Soriano, "New Sculpture," April 29 - May 28, 1999, at Lennon, Weinberg, 560 Broadway, New York, N.Y. 10013.