Of Line and Zen
This exhibition showcases two East Village legends, Scot Borofsky and Ken Hiratsuka, in their first exhibition together in New York in over a decade.
Emphasizing line and a sense of calm and peace, both Hiratsuka and Borofsky morph the urban environment of Manhattan into a place of respite and connection. Similarly, these artists have a unique sense of continuity; melding the old and the new into a coherent work that speaks to anyone who may view it. It can be seen as a statement on humanity- or more basically, a uniting factor between antiquity and the present. Borofsky and Hiratsuka strive to create a singular “line” which can encapsulate the gestural quality of contemporary works with the symbolism and reverence of a time long since passed.
Scot Borofsky has been described as a Neo-Primitive taking forms from ancient Central American art and transporting it to the streets of New York. Working for over three decades, Borofsky's work has a meditative Zen quality while still retaining movement and an uplifting psychological impact.
Ken Hiratsuka's sculptures utilize a continuous line wandering across the surface of his stones. Hiratsuka also places himself in the context of an ancient continuum both human and geologic- his work appears like a spectral relic from an ancient civilization now gone. His work seeks to inspire people to become more conscious of nature and people's common humanity and represents serenity or an oasis in the hectic urban environment.