New York

Jonathan Borofsky

Paula Cooper Gallery | 529 West 21st Street

In Jonathan Borofsky’s Pieces of Infinity, 1991, numbers of various sizes, crafted from woods such as oak; maple, walnut, and mahogany, are arranged in straight lines or simply spilled across the walls of the gallery. This installation harks back to Borofsky’s counting project initiated in 1969, in which he recorded sequential numbers on sheets of graph paper for several hours each day. The hours turned into months, days to years, and by the time the work was last seen in 1988, as part of the Borofsky retrospective,at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, the piled pages made a four-foot pillar.

The process of counting marked Borofsky’s place at any given moment, and when he completed a work in another medium, his pieces were signed with the number he was on at the time. He has long seen counting as a path toward self-knowledge—a mantra, a tool of meditation. Whereas his

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