Dan Peterman

Andrea Rosen Gallery

Dan Peterman’s 4 Ton Vertical Storage, 1996, was a multifaceted and surprisingly deceptive work. Upon entering the gallery, one confronted a massive “wall” of green brick that extended all the way to the ceiling, slicing through the space like one of Richard Serra’s arcs of Cor-Ten steel. Walking around it, one discovered that what appeared to be a solid wall was in fact an interlocking hollow mass of modular units: a facade made of stacked empty storage bins that Peterman fabricated from planks of postconsumer, reprocessed plastic. This bank faced another floor-to-ceiling arrangement of storage bins running across the far wall. Enhancing the installation’s warehouse effect, were four collapsible benches (each titled Tisch [Table, 1996]), made from the same material.

Reminiscent of Donald Judd’s shelflike plywood wall constructions, 4 Ton Vertical Storage formed a pixelated field of light

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