ABOUT

Robert Soroko

1990, Antwerp, Belgium

STUDIES

 

2016 - 2018 MA degree in Visual Arts (Sculpture), Royal Academy, Antwerp

2013 - 2016 BA degree in Visual Arts (Sculpture), Royal Academy, Antwerp

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

 

2019

What's He Building In There, Claptrap, Antwerp

Stock #17, Paviljoen, KASK, Gent

Space Resonance, Galerie Martin Van Blerk, Antwerp

PHP4, Rooms, Pink House, Antwerp

2018

To Be Antwerp, KunST+, Antwerp

The Old Up & Down, brought together by Hans Theys,

Galerie D’Apostrof, Annie Gentils Gallery, Antwerp Art Pavilion, Belgium

Cook it, Boil it, Bake it or Forget it, curated by Nadia Bijl, Zuiderpershuis

Above and Below, curated by Hans Theys, Wintertuin, Royal Academy, Antwerp

Space Resonance, Galerie Martin Van Blerk, Antwerp

2017

Boogiewoogie Wonderland, Lange zaal, Royal Academy, Antwerp

Hugs and Kisses, Lange Zaal, Royal Academy, Antwerp

2016

Omber, Odradek, Octaeder, curated by Hans Theys, Galerie D’Apostrof, Meigem

 

TEXTS

 

The Propeller

 

The sculpture is shown in three stages:

1. deconstructed

2. constructed

3. in movement

 

A contemplation of those three stages depicts Robert's approach towards a part of his art practice - exploring stillness in movement and finding movement in stillness.

 

The sculpture in the deconstructed stage depicts the whole piece by emphasizing its parts.

A phase between the first and second stage is a transmutative moment which gives a new form.

A constructed stage of the sculpture shows its static features and its possibilities of interacting with the space.

 

Once it's performed a movement is created. During this performative act a perception shifts from stillness to movement. It creates an energy of focus which can be felt by a performer and a spectator. In this way a mutual relationship is established between the whole act, people and space. While turning, a performer and a spectator can get aware of silence existing in-between movements of the motoric parts of the sculpture reflecting its stillness in movement.

 

All of that creates a change in position of an object over time. It switches a focus from movement in stillness to stillness in movement.

 

Piotr Kozakiewicz, Antwerp, December 2018

The Old Up & Down

 

Robert Soroko (°1990) laat de dingen balanceren als wiegende rietpluimen. Uit elkaar genomen, liggen zijn sculpturen als iele potloodlijnen van bamboe mooi geordend naast elkaar te rusten of te mediteren, eenmaal in elkaar geschoven gaan ze draaien en keren, proberen ze staande te blijven, niet te kantelen of uiteen te vallen. Het is een precair evenwicht, dat hier gestalte krijgt, als een yogi die nu nog op één been staat, maar straks hoopt te zweven. Of zweven de dingen al? En zijn het alleen onze breinen en lijven die zo zwaar zijn? Soroko is een ontwapenend man met een open gelaat. Zijn werk lijkt op hem. Het is open en op een bevrijdende manier ingehouden. Zijn laswerk is grappig. De manier waarop hij metaal, hout, bamboe, keramiek, papier en textiel combineert, is nieuw.

 

English version

 

Robert Soroko (°1990) balances objects like swaying reed plumes. When deconstructed his sculptures rest and resemble delicate perpendicular pencil lines or thin bamboo sticks, resting and meditating next to each other. Once assembled they turn and sway, try to remain upright without falling over or falling apart. We meet a precarious equilibrium, like a yogi balancing on one leg hoping to start hovering. Or do the sculptures already hover? And are only our brains and bodies so heavy? Soroko is a disarming man with an open face, just like his artwork, which is characterised by a liberating understatement. His welding is amusing. He combines metal, wood, bamboo, ceramics, paper and textile in novel ways.


Hans Theys, Montagne de Miel, 10 October 2018

 

The Old Up & Down, exhibition brought together by Hans Theys with Kasper De Vos, Dries Van Laethem, Leendert Van Accoleyen, Robert Soroko, Simon Masschelein circling around sculptures by Vic Gentils. At Antwerp Art Pavilion, Annie Gentils Gallery and Galerie D’Apostrof, 2018.

AWARDS

 

2018 Winner, Sculpture (Prijs Beeldhouwkunst), Royal Academy, Antwerp

2015 Winner, Drawing (Prijs van de Tekenleraars), Royal Academy, Antwerp