Prismatic Shifts reviewed in Artcritical

November 09, 2017

Site Specific: Diana Cooper and Lee Boroson at Fordham

Plastic Fantastic reviewed in Aesthetica; the Art and Culture Magazine. Issue 61 October/ November 2014

December 10, 2014

Imitating the Natural World

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NEA provides support of project

January 09, 2014

Lee Boroson: Plastic Fantastic opens at Mass MoCA in October 2014

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Opening October 2014
Building 5

Lee Boroson creates large-scale immersive installations using inflatables, fabric, and light to create phenomenological experiences for his viewers, based on the elemental forces in nature, from air, fog, and smoke to fire and the cosmos. Boroson’s work begins with ideas of nature, which he mediates between the landscape-as-culture as opposed to notions of the outdoors as “wild” or “untamed”. Boroson’s installations are embodied and ephemeral at the same time. They transform both material and experience within the space of the museum.

For MASS MoCA’s signature football field-sized Building 5 gallery, Boroson will create an ambitious new installation consisting of four components: The Fog, The Falls, The Crypt, and The Lava Field. After moving through them sequentially, viewers will reach the mezzanine, a vantage point from which they can see the first two sections of the landscape resolve as a single image.

Setting the stage for the exhibition, The Fog wipes away structural landmarks to leave behind a sense of negative space, priming viewers for the rest of the show. Multi-layered and intricate, it consists of clear, polished vinyl sheeting sewn with colored thread and arranged to create passageways that lead into divided rooms. Every surface is mostly transparent and punctuated with pieces of reflective material and color that alter one’s perception and sense of the scale of the space. Comparable to moving through shifting fog, viewers in this segment will stumble upon the occasional clear view through the haze and then lose it to obscuring layers of vinyl, partially opaque yet still penetrated by light.

After navigating The Fog, viewers will enter The Falls, a subtle, referential ode to the tourist’s experience of visiting Niagara Falls. Complete with an overwhelming white noise much like that of the actual site, this construction will stretch from ceiling to floor and, using conveyor belts and blowers, constantly spout streams of reflective spheres. Like a fountain, the material will move cyclically up and down, building a sense of timelessness and adding movement to the exhibition. The silvery spheres mirror their surroundings and, when in motion, effectively re-create the sensation of falling water. In its man-made elements and aesthetic, The Falls relates to Niagara as a highly engineered and controlled arena designed to emulate nature.

The two mezzanine galleries represent the earth and fire components of the exhibition, both using variations of geological structures. The Crypt comprises an array of inflatable fabric forms molded into stalactites to evoke the architecture of the underworld, providing room for contemplation in a dark, primordial chamber. Directly above, on the second level of the mezzanine, The Lava Field is a “field” of hand-blown glass shapes containing lava-like fluids that recall the iconic imagery of “lava lamps.” In each of the 100+ vessels will be an oozing, burbling liquid display, similar to that of the inside of a lava lamp. Boroson has concocted his own fluids, all in variations of white, to create this virtual lava field and the accompanying illusion of lava leaking out of the mezzanine floor.

Lee Boroson lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Recent exhibitions include Lunar Bower at the Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, and States of Matter, at the Esther Massry Gallery, The College at St. Rose, Albany, NY. He has had solo exhibitions at various venues including The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY; Artspace, New Haven, CT; Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Buffalo, NY; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE; and The Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, New York City. Boroson has received numerous awards including grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and the New York Foundation for the Arts and Professional development grants from the Rhode Island School of Design. He received an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from State University of New York, New Paltz, and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Boroson currently teaches at the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI.



MassMOCA Project 2014

October 27, 2011

Upcoming large solo project, curated by Denise Markonish, will open at Mass MOCA in North Adams, MA in December 2013. More info soon!

Intersections at The Phillips Collection

April 13, 2011

Lee Boroson: Lunar Bower
May 26, 2011−May 2012
Lunar Bower converses with the profound physicality of Albert Pinkham Ryder’s paintings of silhouetted, moon-filled skies. Considering the ethereal glow of Ryder’s work, the Brooklyn-based artist imbues the ceiling of the Vradenburg Café with a moonlit mood. In Lunar Bower light is given a corporeal presence as it filters through the hanging sculpture made of felt and silk, and connects with the stained glass window above.

Opening reception tentatively planned for September 22, 2011

Glow 2010

May 14, 2010

Lee Boroson will be creating a major new and unique commission for Glow under the Santa Monica Pier along the pedestrian/bikeway.  Boroson’s work is characterized by fascination for natural phenomenon, from galactic fireballs to earth-bound wind and water vortexes.  His project under the pier will bring the Glow audiences into a nether world, a convincing space that is inviting and somewhat unnerving, full of wonder for the world we live in.

Glow 2010 will commission approximately 25 artists to create original artworks specifically for this one-night event.  Artists include Céleste Boursier-Mougenot (Séte, France) , Lee Boroson (Brooklyn NY), Rafael Lozano-Hemmer (Montreal, Canada), Steve Roden (Los Angeles) and Jennifer Steinkamp (Los Angeles).  In addition to these five internationally known artists, up to an additional fifteen artists will be selected through an open-call to artists in Los Angeles County.  An important component of Glow’s programming includes the Glow Network, an affiliation with organizations in Los Angeles that are engaged in unusual and/or locally-based arts and culture activities.