Scott Borofsky (b. 1957)
King on Throne, 1984
Enamel on cement
East 6th Street between Avenues B and C.
Gritty Streets to Green Mountains: Paintings by Scot Borofsky
February 1 – December 31
Scot Borofsky has navigated an artistic journey divided between the Green Mountains of southern Vermont, where he grew up and has lived and worked much of his adult life, and the gritty streets of New York City, where he had a vibrant career as a street artist from the early 1980s into the mid-1990s. In addition to his home bases of Vermont and New York, Borofsky has traveled extensively in Mexico and Central America. His work draws on a deep well of visual precedents and inspiration, from the patterning and pictographic motifs of ancient and indigenous cultures that he has encountered on his travels and the mountainous landscapes of Vermont, Mexico and Central America, to his fellow Street Artists, with whom he worked side-by-side during his year in New York City, as well as the masters of Modernism. This exhibition illustrates the development of Borofsky’s work over the last 40 years, ranging from early spray paintings created in the streets of New York City, looking like modern day ancient ruins, to his more recent paintings created in his Brattleboro studio, which incorporate an evolving language of complexly layered symbols and the gestural language of paint.