John Torreano

Feature, Inc.

If one was to fully appreciate John Torreano’s recent exhibition “Scapes,” it helped to be familiar with the ancient Greek myth of Orion, the hunter, who was immortalized as a constellation by Artemis (sister of Apollo and the object of Orion’s love) after she killed him accidentally. The tragic story informs Orion’s Curtain (all works 2007), the show’s keynote work. A spray painting made directly on the gallery’s foyer wall, Orion’s Curtain was a swirling field of marks inset with wooden balls of various sizes marking the imagined positions of stars, and darkened by touches of charcoal signaling the texture of the sky. In this deceptively decorative manner, the interior of Feature, Inc. was transformed into a luminous celestial realm and the viewer into a heavenly body set adrift within it. These works are thus at once skyscapes and (to use Gerard Manley Hopkins’s term) “inscapes”—that

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