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George Boorujy, The Nature of Civilization

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Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art / Snug Harbor Cultural Center
1000 Richmond Terrace, 718-425-3560
Staten Island
June 23 - September 2, 2007
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George Boorujy creates large-scale color ink drawings that reveal arid landscapes, lonely ecosystems, open terrains, populated with vulnerable animals, all off which he renders with great skill and spectacular focus.

Reflecting upon his background in the study of marine biology, the artist shows his interest in wildlife and how people perceive, change, and are affected by nature. His drawings explore the raw intersection of humanity and the natural world, under threat from development and invasive species; some record the abuse of the earth or investigate the inevitability of natural chaos and the futile attempts at institutional order, others record nature’s intrusion into our seemingly organized and subdivided existence. The artist boldly examines new concepts of the natural sphere occasioned by 21st century technologies, images of destructive ecological engagement, and visions of our future interactions with the environment.

Drawn from the Darwinian perspective of life and its view of the futility of man up against the forces of nature, his drawings are astonishing for their luminosity, their delicacy, their power of form, and for their piercing strangeness. Traditionally, they depict animals in their desolate biotopes against a white background, a combination that enhances the contrast of nature and vacuum, allowing us to feel the imprint an infinite landscape makes upon the mind. In some images nature seems to have reclaimed spaces; in others, settlements are the living proof that landscapes cannot completely shake off suburban sprawl.

Boorujy makes a timely and appropriate pictorial comment on our modern circumstance, as he uncovers the danger that lies beneath the thin veneer of civilized progress. He draws a brilliant image of the struggle he senses between humanity’s quest for a better future and the natural world, reveling in its immensity and splendid profusion and, surprisingly, breath-taking in its ability to change; but he also suggests that the orderly and rhythmical qualities of this nature contain the same principles of balance which he admires in civilization.

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