Jonathan Borofsky

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Human Structures (and prayers for respectful moralities)
Deitch Projects, New York City, 2006


This exhibition signals the first time works from this all-encompassing Human Structures idea - structures created by humanity itself - were publicly shown. In the Deitch show, there were wall works created with 10" interconnecting semi-transparent polycarbonate figures (male and female). The figures snapped together to create an open organic lattice-work. Also in the exhibition were larger colorful transparent polycarbonate male and female figures that interlocked 3-dimensionally to create freestanding structures, like walking around and looking through a 3-dimensional painting - colors seen through colors through colors. And, finally, there was the larger galvanized steel structure, made up of 366 life-size figures - eliminating a male and female interlocking concept in favor of a more digital androgynous representation of the human form which bolted together. The structure stood 45' x 11.5' x 18' tall, and once again, emphasized an organic structure totally open, yet all connected together: humanity connecting together to build itself.

The 'prayers for respectful moralities' part of the title for this exhibition referred to the sound in the installation, an 11-song CD in which Borofsky used a computerized control system to manipulate digital loops of his singing voice, creating an ambient, prayerful atmosphere within the space.
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