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Martin Borowski: Sehnsucht Zwei

Stellan Holm Gallery
524 West 24th Street, 212-627-7444
March 7 - April 30, 2009
Reception: Saturday, March 7, 6 - 8 PM
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Stellan Holm Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of new works by painter Martin Borowski. Exhibition opens on Saturday, March 7 and will run through April 30, 2009. Opening reception on Saturday, March 7 from 6 to 8pm.

Sehnsucht Zwei is Martin Borowski’s third exhibition at Stellan Holm Gallery. Prevalent in much of Borowski’s earlier works, architecture is once again the basis of these paintings. In this group of eleven new paintings, Borowski turns his attention towards architecture’s exterior. He emphasizes elements of the outdoors, such as natural light, trees and foliage, as well as the distant horizon line. While formulating these wide-open spaces, Borowski examines, from a distance, the presence of the natural and the artificial. Questioning the distinction, if any, between the two, Borowski’s work represents human cultivation found in the most common of places. In the large-scale painting Pool, the edge of the pool divides water from the land elements. The edge of the pool not only divides the painting compositionally, but also serves as a horizon line of the painting.

Having no literal translation in English, the word ‘sehnsucht’ evokes a distant yearning in all of us: the common experiences that we share and the common spaces through which we live. Borowski draws from various historical traditions in painting – Color Field, Photorealism, German Expressionism – to produce his own unique style of contemporary painting.

Born in Hoyerswerda in 1970, Martin Borowski studied at the Dresden Academy of Fine Art from 1994 through 2001. His works are included in major collections such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. Borowski lives and works in Berlin.
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