76 Grand Street
Five Large Paintings included several new works from Jonathan Borofskyʼs Human Structures series. In this solo exhibition, installed at Deitch Projectsʼ 76 Grand Street gallery, Borofsky continued to express the most integral theme in all of his work – that everything was connected, and that All was One.
Borofsky was an artist most widely known in the past 15 years for his large-scale sculptures in public places around the world. Borofsky completed the 65-foot People Tower for the Beijing Olympics, as well as the 100-foot Walking to the Sky for the city of Seoul. A 36-foot tall sculpture from the Human Structures series was installed on Mission Street in San Francisco. Prior to focusing on art in the public realm, his site-specific gallery and museum installations in the 1970s and 80s redefined the way art was installed and experienced.
The Human Structures series, which Borofsky began developing in 1999, focused on the notion of humanity building itself. Like his complex installations of the past – where all the seemingly disparate elements were linked together by his systematic ritual of counting numbers – the work in Five Large Paintings united Borofskyʼs humanistic focus with his structural concerns to create something that was considerably greater than both. Covering the walls of the main gallery were five 12ʼ x 12ʼ paintings on stretched linen. These brightly colored paintings depicted male and female forms organically arranged in solid white space. Although naturally attracted to these colorful patterns, the viewer was encouraged to place equal emphasis on the white shapes created in their absence – the “light that connects us all together," as Borofsky referred to it. This symbolic union was mirrored in the front gallery, where Borofsky had installed the freestanding sculpture Human Structures with the Light of Consciousness. Composed of many male and female figures each cast in an array of semi-transparent polycarbonate colors, the figures locked together (hand-to hand and head-to-foot) to form a structure which spanned the length of the room. To this structure, Borofsky had added his physical realization of the Light of Consciousness in the form of 3 tubular lights suspended from above, intersecting the geometric pattern constructed by the human figures below.
“Since I was very young, most of my work has been an effort to illustrate the feeling that everything is connected. The presence of the ʻlight of consciousnessʼ, both sculpturally and in the paintings, represents a moment of awareness when one feels this connection. For me, the Light of Consciousness functions much like a prayer – a prayer for wisdom and the unlimited potential of humanity.”
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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