Home, 1996 (detail)

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 recognize.

(excerpt from Dan Cameron's catalog essay, click to see full text)