Soto’s installation, employing her now signature use of geometric patterning, commands the spacious front gallery. However, alone in the space I had the feeling that the installation was made for many, much like the public structures they reference. Soto’s architectural constructions of pastel benches that reference the bus stops and decorative screening common to the vernacular architecture of her native Puerto Rico is lonely without a crowd. Soto’s work is open, (literally) transparent and generous. From offering the viewer seat to the beautiful color newsprint take-aways, published by Green Lantern Press, this work is made for a public. The depth of the work is exposed through the writings contained in the publications rather than in the material of the work itself.
Images courtesy of Edra Soto and Sector 2337.