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PRINT May 1978

Peter Berg: Filling In the Holes

EACH OF PETER BERG’S gallery installations juxtaposes a life-sized, or larger, Minimalist sculptural element with a corresponding hole in or through a wall—either an accessible interior space in a casemate wall1 that appears part of the gallery, or a doorway through a wall Berg builds to divide the space. In all cases, the framed or enclosed (negative) space has the same volume and form as the solid (positive) space of the minimal element. In discovering this similarity and contradiction we see the element as a removal from the inclusive structure, something replaced or displaced by the hole now there, or perhaps an explanation of the hole. We may even imagine restoring the element to its niche and leaving its present space empty, like the space already surrounding it.

Berg’s use of architecture to make space a visual material is compelling if not new. One detects an influence of Robert

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