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Lived/Active: New York/Massachusetts      Known for: flat installation, graffiti, graphics

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Flying Molecule Man (2982446)
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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
An installation artist, Jonathan Borofsky has made his reputation with bold, aggressive, diaristic and frequently playful works with underlying philosophical seriousness.  In an interview that he gave in 1993, Borofsky said "I like the word spiritual because I don't really know what it means, but I do believe it applies to finding your connection to the All. I've always felt that my search, whether I had a particularly chaotic work or a particularly simple one, has been a way to feel connected to the Whole."

At his retrospective exhibition at MOCA's Geffen Contemporary, work he completed as a youngster was placed on pedestals, and his dreams were literally written on the walls. Handwritten pages from notebooks were casually push-pinned in place.

In recent years Borofsky concentrated his energies on one concept at a time. In one instance, his art consisted of his counting and writing numbers down for hours on end--an obsessional marking of time.  In all of these earlier and later works, movement, sound and repetition have been essential elements.

He was born in Boston, Massachusetts, and in 1964 earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Carnegie Mellon University.  He also studied at the Ecole de Fontainebleau in Paris and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree from Yale University.  Primarily a working artist, he also also been a teacher including at the School of Visual Arts in New York City from 1969 to 1977 and at the California Institute of Arts in Los Angeles from 1977 to 1980.

Website of Nancy Kay Turner at Art Scene Cal
Who's Who in American Art, 1997, by R.R. Bowker Publishing Company.
From fall 2000 to March 2001, Borofsky's "I Dreamed I Could Fly" installation sculptures and "Walking Man" inaugurated a new series at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in which living artists create works inspired by the Museum's collection, architecture, and grounds.  "Walking Man" is sixteen feet high and was placed on the West Wing driveway.  The "I Dreamed I Could Fly" sculptures soared from the vaulted ceiling above the West Wing lobby.  Borofsky also created a wall painting for the museum.
The following is from who credit the website of Nancy Kay Turner at Art Scene Cal

Born in 1942 into a family of highly creative and artistic parents, Jonathan Borofsky received his Master of Fine Arts from Yale University in 1966. Early on, his work was recognizable by its conceptual style typified by drawings that incorporated series of numbers and doodles.

By the early 1980s, Borofsky departed on a course which brought his iconic works to a larger breadth of collectors. "Man with a Briefcase," "Hammering Man" and "Molecule Man" evolved in the late 1980s, and by some definitions were pure, unadulterated examples of the worker in all of us. These were among the first works created into a larger, more accessible edition of prints and multiples and remain as some of the quintessential images for which Borofsky has been recognized.

Another recurring theme found in some of Borofsky's earlier work is the element of repeatability, whether it be numbers or doodles or other images. In his newest body of works, the Male/Female series, a subtle sense of repeatability can be found in what at first glance appears to be the same figurative image staring face to face and melding into one.

Upon closer examination, these boldly executed prints actually illustrate a complex silhouette of a male and female walking into one another and offer the viewer a vibrant image woven with color and abstraction. Borofsky attempts and succeeds in skillfully capturing a split second in time and fills it with dramatic color and motion.

Borofsky's works, both grandiose and intimate in their execution, can be found in major museums and collections around the world.

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