ANDRÀS BÖRÖCZ

October 18 - November 25, 2006

Adam Baumgold Gallery presents an exhibition by András Böröcz of new carved
pencil sculpture boxes, as well as a series of 24 pen and ink drawings “Home Sweet Home,” from October 18 through November 25, 2006.

András Böröcz’s works reveal a personal iconography (the domino, cactus, chimney,
barrel, and the outhouse, etc.), that appears repeatedly as he traverses his themes, whether
in drawings or in the life of the pencil man, where human conditions are coded. His unique
expression becomes a collective experience through his revealing humor and his choice of
material.

Böröcz started to work with pencils more than 16 years ago. His earlier works ranged
from carved tiny figures from a single pencil to carved life-size plant-like forms consisting of
thousands of glued together pencils. The pencil has become his signature material.

In this exhibition, the pencil appears again, used as the art material - both conceptually and structurally. Within boxes constructed of pencils, he creates a figurative tableau also made of pencils, with pencil drawings seen through a large window or hanging
on the walls. The small and detailed pencil drawings are meticulously done with a
magnifying lens, as are the faces of the carved figures. The artist’s 'task', in a sense, is to
create a pencil universe.

In this latest series, cactuses with graphite thorns appear for the first time along with
characters of varying sizes that have domino torsos. The delicate pencil figures suddenly
become monumental in contrast to the even more miniature ones, with his bizarre play of
scale.

The series of 24 drawings, “Home Sweet Home” continues to develop Borocz’s
post-Pop iconography in gallows-humored cartoons. In these drawings, he has virtually
created ‘An Outhouse World”, where outhouse figures cavort and live anthropomorphic lives of humor and absurdity. The narratives are both autobiographical and cliché.

András Böröcz was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1956. His work has been
exhibited extensively in Europe and the US. Recent museum solo exhibitions have taken
place at the Vasarely Museum and Jewish Museum both in Hungary. His artwork is in
numerous collections such as the National Gallery, Budapest, the Museum of Fine Arts,
Budapest, The Jewish Museum, New York City, Jewish Museum, Budapest, New York City College Collection, Contemporary Museum, Pécs, Hungary, and Yale University, among others. This is Böröcz’s seventh solo exhibition at Adam Baumgold Fine Art. He currently lives and works in New York City.

The gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday 11:00-5:30 P.M. For additional information please contact Adam Baumgold at (212)861-7338.

"Messenger," 2006
Carved pencil, graphite on paper, and mixed media construction
21 1/4" x 15 1/4" x 4""

"Messenger," detail

"Domino Solo," 2006
Carved pencil, graphite on paper, and mixed media construction
13 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 5"

"Triage," 2006
Carved pencil, graphite on paper, and mixed media construction
13 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 5"

"The Big Nude," 2006
Carved pencil, graphite on paper, and mixed media construction
13 7/8" x 241/2" x 5 1/5"

"Model with Cactus," 2006
Carved pencils, mixed media construction
14" x 24 1/2" x 4 1/4"

 

"Still Life," 2006
Carved pencils, mixed media construction
14" x 24 1/2" x 4"

 

 

"See Saw," 2006
Carved pencils, mixed media construction
14 1/2" x 18 1/2" 5"

"Cactus plays Dominoes," 2006
Carved pencils, mixed media construction
13 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 5 1/4"

"Dominoes at the Watermill," 2006
Carved pencils, mixed media construction
12" x 24" x 4"

"Liberty," 2006
Mixed media construction
14" x 5 1/4" x 5 1/4"

 

"Barrel-cactus," 2006
Mixed media construction
15" x 5" x 5"

 

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

 

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

 

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

 

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

 

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

 

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"

"Home Sweet Home (Outhouse drawings)," 2006
Ink and wash on paper
9" x 12"


Previous exhibition:
ANDRAS BOROCZ 2005
ANDRÀS BÖRÖCZ 2003
 
Bio:
ANDRÀS BÖRÖCZ BIO
 
Press:
THE NEW YORK TIMES
  THE NEW YORK TIMES
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
NEW YORK MAGAZINE
THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
THE NEW YORK OBSERVER
THE NEW YORK SUN

 

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