|Although it is a fairly
simple matter to identify sculptor Roger Bisbing’s work in terms of his overriding
interest in architecture, this characterization does not credit the number of
variations he has been able to achieve on the theme, nor does it account for the
fact that he has never actually studied the history of buildings or their principles.
What intrigues him about his subject is the idea of people inhabiting structures
that become enclosures, with their implied reference to protection and confinement.
Bisbing is interested in conveying these issues on a small scale, lending a sense
of familiarity and accessibility to the form of a skyscraper or grain silo by
transforming it into a chair, table, or some other intimately proportioned object.
Many of Bisbing’s recent works are made from steel, giving them a sense of solidity
and permanence, at the same time as the symmetrical patterning of windows across
the surface points to a more decorative sensibility. In a way, his object-structures
point to scale as a mechanism which is invariably based on the experience of our
bodies in space, but also to the possibility that structures in our everyday life
reflect the superstructures of cities and skyscrapers in ways that we do not often
(excerpt from Dan Cameron's catalog essay, click to see full text)