new-york

Jonathan Borofsky

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Jonathan Borofsky’s wonderfully ambiguous, unusually spare installation contained none of the clutter of several previous installations, in which spectators were invited to participate—they became part of one show by playing ping-pong—in a space crowded with objects. But the muted melodrama of other shows remained. The viewer was again brought face to face with a giant robotic figure. It was more robust and rounded than previous flat figures, and though it did not “chatter,” it remained ominous. Large, blue, and male, with blank eyeballs, the giant’s left hand rested on its hip. Its right hand was extended in an indeterminate gesture, and in the cavity of its chest, a sacred-heart-type of red lamp blinked on and off, synchronized with a repeating tape-recorded heartbeat. This powerful but strangely dumb giant was located in the center of a space on whose walls hung the flags of 37 countries,

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