New York

Jonathan Borofsky

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

Jonathan Borofsky’s gallery-size installation entitled Forms of Nature, is not only allegorical but full of magic. As a chapter heading in the giant book included in this exhibition informs us, Borofsky is a “practicing idealist.” Though the murky figures that populate the gallery look like they just emerged from a bog, searchlights projecting from their foreheads reveal their optimism. In the center of the main gallery a semicircular organ, programmed to play solemn, more or less spiritually uplifting music seems to have raised the simulated boulders that hang by threads in the corners.

It is Borofsky’s marvelous drawings, however, at once surreal and abstract, linear and gestural, dense and quick-witted, that exemplify his vision of a perpetually proliferating labyrinth. Borofsky has always believed in the magic of numbers. They are his signature means of cataloguing his vertiginous

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