San Francisco

William Soghor and James Prestini

Quay Gallery

At the Quay Gallery William Soghor’s bags of a metallic-colored plastic breathed on a twenty minute schedule. There were a half dozen of them, all hanging. The act of expanding was perhaps their most interesting aspect. In the pneumatic state they are bloated bladders which vary from hamlike to symmetrical. They make a very otherworldly room. To be among them makes you conscious of yourself as a thing of bladders, lobes and appendages. The metallic element in the color specifically undoes any organic symbolism of the form. The forms do not go up like some balloons but hang down. The forms change from limp to pneumatic, and in their most constant bloat form seemed to be growing slightly, so they are not forms but unforms. The forms were seamed together and it occurred to me that they were breathing through their seams; someone in the room was listening to the seams, as though to empirically

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