January 21 - March 5, 2005
Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition of recent sculpture by
András Böröcz. The exhibition will focus on
three groups of sculpture: pencil tableaux in boxes, "Birds"
made of wood and ostrich eggs, and two sculptures that focus on the
started to work with pencils more than twelve years ago. The pencil,
which is often the tool to create art, is used as the art material in
his work. The pencil appears as both content and context: a box,
made of painted glued together pencils, holds a small pencil tableaux.
Behind the carved pencil figures there is a drawing of a scene out of
a window or a drawing on the wall, or both, each representing a larger
pencil universe. The themes of these pencil genre boxes are often
absurd, particularly when these miniatures address archetypal motifs
as in "House of Cards," and "Inspiration (Artist and
Model)." Reminiscent of both tiny Medieval altars and of
enlarged pencil cases, they are further enriched by painted surfaces,
mirrors and drawn elements. These new boxes are larger than the
earlier ones and incorporate a range of exotic and antique pencils.
series of works, "The Tool Bird Series," are meticulously
carved figures of fantastical birds intermingled with utilitarian tools
and ostrich eggs. Böröcz explores a layer of biological
evolution as he considers beaks and their functions, in Darwinian style.
Beaks in this series have become tools, saw, broom, rake, corkscrew,
comb, toothbrush as the single foot has evolved into a diver's flipper,
a lady's high heel, or workman boots - all lovingly carved from walnut
"Broom" and "Model for Holocaust Memorial" sculptures
fit into Böröcz's personal autobiography, as a Central European
from Budapest who only found out about his Jewish origins as a young
adult. "Broom" is carved from his signature material - pencils.
This presentation of a broom transforms this tool to an industrial structure
holding soap, with the handle becoming a large chimney and the bristles
becoming the people that hold up the building. "Model for Budapest
Holocaust Memorial" is a proposed time piece to be built in Budapest,
Hungary. Carved from walnut, it depicts a cattle car with doors that
open to reveal a noise-making wooden machine of rows of stamping shoes.
work has been exhibited extensively in Europe and the U.S., and is in
the permanent collections of the Jewish Museum, New York, Jewish Museum,
Budapest, Contemporary Museum, Pécs, Hungary, the Museum of Fine
Arts, Budapest and City College of New York. His work is currently
on display in the Jewish Museum in New York in the exhibition, "New
Acquisitions." This is Böröcz's sixth solo exhibition
at Adam Baumgold Gallery. He currently lives and works in New York City.
Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00 - 5:30 P.M. For
additional information, please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338.